Good Shepherd Baptist Church

★★★★☆
  • 2814 Ivy St

    Denver, CO 80207

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  • 303-322-3369

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This small congregation, with a history of mergers (preceded by Greater St. John Baptist Church, Good Shepherd Baptist Church and Curtis Park Baptist Church) began carving out a significant "Black Consciousness" Ministry in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This was characterized visually by the erectiion of an artistic rendering of "Black" Jesus painted by congregational artist, Bro. Leo Woods, as well as the hanging in the sanctuary of photos of activist Angela Davis and the protesting U.S. sprinters who won Olympic Medals at the 1968 Mexico Olympics, Tommie Smith and John Carlos.

With two of CO's three delegates to the Black Economic Development
Conference held in Detroit, MI in 1969 (top RNS news story of the year), the Church subsequetially initiated a dramatic "direct action" in relation to religious property in ethnically changing neighbourhoods which is discussed at some length in Charles V. Hamilton's 1972 book "The Black Preacher in America".

This Church was also instrumental in having the most disproportionate state votes for Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm at the 1972 Democrat Convention held in Miami Beach, FL.

PROS: Fascinating history.
CONS: Small, struggling congregation.

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This small congregation, with a history of mergers (preceded by Greater St. John Baptist Church, Good Shepherd Baptist Church and Curtis Park Baptist Church) began carving out a significant "Black Consciousness" Ministry in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This was characterized visually by the erectiion of an artistic rendering of "Black" Jesus painted by congregational artist, Bro. Leo Woods, as well as the hanging in the sanctuary of photos of activist Angela Davis and the protesting U.S. sprinters who won Olympic Medals at the 1968 Mexico Olympics, Tommie Smith and John Carlos.

With two of CO's three delegates to the Black Economic Development
Conference held in Detroit, MI in 1969 (top RNS news story of the year), the Church subsequetially initiated a dramatic "direct action" in relation to religious property in ethnically changing neighbourhoods which is discussed at some length in Charles V. Hamilton's 1972 book "The Black Preacher in America".

This Church was also instrumental in having the most disproportionate state votes for Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm at the 1972 Democrat Convention held in Miami Beach, FL.

PROS: Fascinating history.
CONS: Small, struggling congregation.

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