The African American Church Lecture Series is a program of the Wheaton College. Currently sponsored by a multidivisional committee of campus members facilitated by the Office of Multicultural Development. The lecture serves:
- To examine critical issues involving or affecting the African-American church, our society, and the world community.
- To dialogue with key leaders in the African-American church or its evangelical leaders.
- As a vital resource for students, faculty, administrators, staff, and local churches.
- To foster and nurture current or future leaders in the African-American church and collegiate community.
The series began in the 1993-1994 academic year designed to introduce interesting themes from a Black American religious experience and history to the Wheaton student body. Particular interest was in encouraging African American students and the local community to use the resources of the BGC library and the Graham Center Archives related to the African American Church. The lecture series has grown to include challenging all members of the campus community to address issues of the impact of the African American Church on current evangelical thinking. Each lecturer has addressed themes regarding history and impact of the African American Church.
Recordings of these lectures are available through Academic and Media Technology. The lecture has traditionally taken place in the last week of February including both a chapel address and an evening lecture.