Baptist beliefs on interracial dating
White Baptists were initially slow in their evangelistic efforts among African slaves, as language barriers and economic considerations prevented the rapid evangelization of transplanted Africans.
However, by the second half of the eighteenth century, a few persistent Baptist evangelists eluded these barriers and converted growing numbers of slaves.
Discrimination: Stella Harville and her fiancé, Ticha Chikuni, were told they could no longer take part in services at the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church in Kentucky.
Miss Harville's father is the church secretary'I am not racist. I am not prejudiced against any race of people, have never in my lifetime spoke evil' about a race, said Thompson, the church's former pastor who stepped down earlier this year.
These meetings were usually held early in the morning, when the patrols over the slaves would retire from night duty to sleep during the day.
Hence, early morning prayer meetings were created out of necessity.
On occasion, Baptist evangelists were invited by slaveholders belonging to local Baptist congregations to preach to their plantation slaves.
As a result of interracial evangelizing between 17, David George organized the first black Baptist church in North America, at Silver Bluff, South Carolina, near Savannah, Georgia.
This increasing tendency to receive slaves into the Baptist churches created the interracial Baptist church experience in colonial American society.
Mr Harville said he was counting the church offering after a service in early August when he was approached by Thompson, who told him Harville's daughter and her boyfriend were no longer allowed to sing at the church.
African-American Baptists are Christians who trace their common descent to Africa and share similar Biblical doctrines and congregational policies.
The Joy Street Baptist Church, originally called the African Meeting House, was constituted in Boston in 1805.