Scholar, economist, author and commentator keynotes Plymouth United Church of Christ Centennial Service

DETROIT - Plymouth United Church of Christ (UCC), in the heart of Detroit’s Midtown, opened May 4, 1919 with nine former Alabama Congregationalists. Today, under leadership of Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III, the church celebrates 100 years of ministry throughout Metro Detroit. In honor of its centennial, a spectacular Sunday celebration will include keynote Julianne Malveaux, Ph.D., economist, author, commentator, and president emerita, Bennett College for Women — one of two women’s historically black colleges and universities. Plymouth’s centennial service themed, Great is Thy Faithfulness…100 Years and Beyond, takes place at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 600 East Warren in Detroit. In lieu of the church’s regular two services at 8:30 and 11 a.m., only one service will be held that day.

Dr. Malveaux is widely recognized from appearances on national network programs on ABC, BET, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, NBC, Fox News and others. Her popular writings have appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms. Magazine, Essence Magazine, the Progressive and many more. She is a committed activist and civic leader who currently serves on numerous boards including Economic Policy Institute; The Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, DC; and the Liberian Education Trust. She is also president of PUSH Excel, the educational branch of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She earned her Ph.D. in economics from MIT, and holds honorary degrees from Benedict College, Sojourner-Douglas College, and the University of the District of Columbia.

In addition to the keynote address, highlights include a special presentation from Mrs. Doris Chenault Hood, widow of Rev. Dr. Nicolas Hood Sr., beloved former pastor emeritus, Plymouth UCC, civic leader and Detroit City Councilman. Mrs. Hood will present the first ever award named in Hood Sr.’s honor to two deserving recipients. The celebration will also include performances by the Windsor-Detroit Dance Company, Plymouth UCC mass choir, and more.

Since its humble beginnings, music has played a pivotal role at Plymouth UCC. Today, the church has six choirs who sing traditional and contemporary gospel music. Each are typically accompanied by pipe and/or Hammond organ, piano, drums, bass and guitar. Occasionally, chamber musicians accompany the church’s longest performing choir, The Renaissance Choir, who sing spirituals, anthems and cantatas. Nearly every Sunday, Rev. Hood III plays his harmonica.

In addition to its robust music ministry, Plymouth leads a variety of progressive missions impacting the lives of families and children, particularly in underserved communities near Midtown. Notable missions include the annual summer camp for children in Oscada, MI; a scholarship program, averaging $2,000 to each church member applicant graduating high school who is accepted to a college or university or is currently enrolled; the Annual Black & Ivory College Tour, which exposes students to historically black colleges and universities as well as ivy league institutions; and more. Since 1997, Rev. Hood, III has promoted the widely adopted “Ring in the New Year with a Bell, not a Bang” safety campaign, reminding Wayne County residents of the dangerous consequences of using guns during New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Under Hood III’s leadership, the church has remained an active Detroit participant. Whether hosting political candidates to help create a more informed citizenry or serving has host site for vote casting or voter registration, Plymouth UCC’s mission work will remain relevant and representative of its legacy leadership; most notably that of Civil rights activist and former Detroit City Council member Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood Sr.

For more information about Plymouth United Church of Christ, Sunday services or its centennial celebration, visit http://www.puccdetroit.org/.





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