22 Feb 2023

Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail Became the First Leader of an HBCU to Deliver the HBCU Welcome Sunday Sermon

On Sunday, February 19, Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail, our 13th President, became the first leader of a historically Black university to be invited to preach at Washington National Cathedral during its fourth annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities Welcome Sunday.

The cathedral welcomed alumni, organizations, families, and communities representing the Historically Black Colleges and Universities in a special Eucharist service as part of Black History Month on the seventh Sunday after Epiphany.

Episcopal News Service, in an article, covered all of this and more. Read the article here. You can watch the direct sermon and read the full speech here.

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