A View Of Black History
February is Black History Month. And a Texas church has found a unique way to teach kids about African-American history and the civil rights movement. The lessons shine through 53 stained-glass windows. Kim Riemland reports.
History and human struggle are lessons learned at this church … just by looking out the window.
Jean Lacy / Artist: "These particular windows have to do with the great marches for civil rights."
Artist Jean Lacy designed the Windows of Our Heritage at St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church in Dallas. Fifty-three windows surround the sanctuary, and go a step beyond tradition.
Jean Lacy: “I think it’s important for people to see their history, not only in terms of ancient history, but also contemporary.”
The windows also reflect the civil rights movement in America. Like a kaleidoscope of stained glass, each has a story.
Jean Lacy: “We have a mother and her child, if you want to say that’s Mary and Christ, alright. And then there’s a policeman here, and actually it’s saying that you can’t stay in this particular apartment house.”
William Edwards / Fifth Grader: “They tell all the hard work that people in the past have been through to get us where we are today.”
Jean Lacy wanted children in the church to learn from these windows – learn about busing, about The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and marches to gain the right to vote.
Jenae Brent / Sixth Grader: “It says that we’ve been through a lot. We’ve been through too much to give up now.”
The United Methodist artist is a retired teacher. Now these windows are her classroom.
Jean Lacy: “I think our schools have failed miserably, because they don’t teach enough of this.”
For Jean Lacy, these windows shine through to the soul … with lessons in life she says should not be forgotten.
Jean Lacy says her artwork about African-American history has been well-received. She’s designed windows for two other churches and is now working on windows for a college chapel in east Texas.
For more information about the Windows of Our Heritage, contact St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church in Dallas at http://www.slcumc.org/home.htm or call 214-821-2970.
To learn more about this story, see Artist uses stained-glass windows to tell story of civil rights struggles.