Begin Black History Month on Monday, February 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Not in Our Town Princeton’s Continuing Conversation featuring Reverend Lukata Mjumbe, pastor of the historic Witherspooon Street Presbyterian Church, speaking on “Confronting The Lies (That We Tell Ourselves and Each Other).” Click here to register for the Zoom link.
Rev. Mjumbe promises a faithful examination and confrontation of critical dimensions of the disappeared, distorted and dishonest representation of some of the histories and realities of Black Princeton and Black lives. The presentation will focus on the early histories of Black students at Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary; the lingering legacies of liberation and lynching in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood and how the history of struggle can inform and impact our modern movements for repair, reconciliation and the realization of right relationships locally and beyond.
On March 10th 1836, Black members of the First Presbyterian Church of Princeton (Now, Nassau Presbyterian Church) in Princeton, New Jersey were “dismissed to form “The First Presbyterian Church of Colour of Princeton.” The church became the spiritual home of those enslaved and formally enslaved. Located in what is the historic center of the Black Princeton community, the church became what is now the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church where the Reverend Lukata Mjumbe serves as Pastor.
It is from this church platform that Reverend Mjumbe teaches, preaches and ministers to an expanding community in a diversity of ways. He has struggled against urban internecine and police violence, structural poverty and the community erosion of gentrification. He is a long time member of the Sundiata Acoli Freedom Campaign, co-founder of the Black Alliance for Peace and a member of the Board of Trustees of Princeton Community Housing.
Reverend Mjumbe is an advocate for racial and environmental justice, the protection of immigrants, cooperative economics and the development of public policy strategies to abolish the system of mass incarceration. He actively seeks to explore and challenge the intersection of multiple forms of oppression. As a spiritual and community leader he is called to bring together people of diverse traditions who are deeply committed to freedom and justice.
Reverend Mjumbe graduated with the highest honors from both the Morehouse College Political Science department and the Princeton Theological Seminary M.Div. and Th.M Religion & Society programs.
Please invite a friend or colleague who you feel might benefit from attending. Click here to register.