BCNN1 was founded in 2007. This year we celebrated our 10th anniversary. Here are the ten biggest stories we’ve covered over the past ten years.
The Election of Barack Obama
Obviously a huge moment for black Americans, Barack Obama, the less-than-three-year Senator from Illinois won the U.S. presidency on November 4, 2008, defeating John McCain. He was re-elected in 2012, defeating Mitt Romney.
Eddie Long: Scandal and Death
Eddie Long served as pastor of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA, for 30 years. In September 2010, Long was accused of sexual misconduct toward young men under his pastoral influence. He denied the charges and the issue was resolved out of court. BCNN1 published an editorial explaining why it did not see the charges as legitimate based on Long’s testimony and known lifestyle. Some saw the charges against Long as an attempt by liberals and the LGBT community to weaken the black church’s stance against homosexuality and same-sex marriage (although Long, along with Bernice King, led a march in 2004 protesting same-sex marriage and supporting a national constitutional amendment limiting marriage rights to those comprised of one man and one woman.) Long died on January 15, 2017, four months after revealing that he was recovering from an unspecified illness and pictures showed drastic weight loss.
The Election of Fred Luter as the First Black President of the Southern Baptist Convention
In June 2012, Fred Luter, pastor of the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, LA, was elected president of the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. — a denomination founded over divisions regarding slavery with northern Baptists in 1845.
The Terror of Boko Haram / The Chibok Girls Kidnapping
Starting in 2009, the Islamic terror group known as Boko Haram terrorized Nigerians, particularly Christians in the south of the country. As is often the case with terrorism and other tragedies in Africa, the mainstream media hardly covers it. But, with the kidnapping of 276 girls from a school in Borno State, the issue gained widespread media coverage. Since that time, many of the girls escaped or were freed, however, 113 are still unaccounted for.
The Reconciled Church Summit
Many thought that, with the election of Barack Obama, racism would certainly be a thing of the past. But numerous police shootings of black men sparked ongoing protests, debates, and even violence. Recognizing that the church has a major part to play in bringing unity to the country, Bishop Harry Jackson along with other Christian leaders including, T.D. Jakes, Alveda King, Samuel Rodriguez, Tony Evans, James Robison, R.A. Vernon, and Jim Garlow, held a summit in Dallas on January 15, 2015, to discuss practical steps the church and local governments could carry out to ease tensions and foster reconciliation. The Reconciled Church continues its work to this day.
Suicide in the Church
The issue of suicide in the church became a major issue as a number of pastors took their own lives, some citing depression and mental illness as the cause, prompting many in the church to begin discussions on how best to help those who have these tendencies.
Charleston 9 Church Shooting
On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof carried out a mass shooting at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., during Wednesday night prayer meeting and Bible study, killing nine people, including the senior pastor, state senator Clementa C. Pinckney. Roof had written that he hoped the shooting would spark a race war. However, the families of the victims showed tremendous grace, love, and forgiveness toward the shooter — a powerful testimony to the nation of the work of Christ in the lives of believers.
Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
A recognition long overdue, black history took center stage on September 24, 2016, when the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened on the National Mall.
Election of Donald Trump
Almost no one thought it could happen, but it did. Donald Trump, the millionaire businessman from New York, defeated Hillary Clinton, a former senator, Secretary of State, and first lady, on November 8, 2016.
Southern Baptist Convention Decision to Condemn White Supremacy and White Nationalism
On June 14, 2017, the Southern Baptist Convention voted to formally “denounce and repudiate” white nationalism and the alt-right movement at their annual meeting. This came after weeks of white supremacist demonstrations and debate over the place of Confederate statues in the South. The day before the resolution passed, convention leaders decided not to consider it, sparking an uproar on social media and attracting the attention of secular media.