By Staff Writer

We should always celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans. However, as we conclude Black History Month 2014, let us not forget the contributions of everyday people who quietly went about their daily lives enhancing the communities in which they lived. One such group of people are those who dropped their buckets in La Jolla as early as 1880’s. Some may remember the noticeable African American population that once existed in La Jolla. A remnant of these people exist today at Historic Prince Chapel by the Sea AME Church in La Jolla. Current member Lorenza Pace, along Charlie Buchanan, and others have authored a labor of love entitled, “La Jolla Black Pioneers and Descendants 1880-1974”.

Often people are shocked to discover a remnant of this history continues to exist in La Jolla. Historic Prince Chapel by the Sea AME Church has humbly served the community since 1921. Originally, the La Jolla Union Church, it’s affiliation was changed to the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) denomination in 1943. Throughout the years members of Historic Prince Chapel has awarded scholarships and watched it’s young people go on to thrive at La Jolla schools as Student Body President, Star football and tennis players, scholars, as well as, serve the community.

On Sunday, February 26, 2014 at 1030 am, Historic Prince Chapel will wrap up it’s month long Black History Celebration. Throughout the month, events have included it’s 2nd Annual Pillar of Light Award to Oscar Knight III (posthumously). The celebration has included the phenomenal preaching of Rev. Manual Scott Jr., soul stirring music of the Bethel Memorial Men’s Choir, San Diego Chapter of the Gospel Workshop of America, Choice Entertainers, Rodney Stewart and Unique Praise, and Lilly Gibson’s soul stirring performance of “Amazing Grace”. Closing out Black History Month, Prince Chapel will celebrate Heritage Sunday with members wearing African and Ethnic Attire, a special Black History moment, and our a Display of Black History. The church is located at 7517 Cuvier Street in La Jolla. All are welcome to attend the event. For additional information you can contact them by your preferred method.

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Call them at (858) 459-0271
Fax them at (858) 712-4958
Visit them on Sunday Morning at 10:30

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