Bill Text: IL SR0193 | 2019-2020 | 101st General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Declares the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Day at the Capitol on March 27, 2019.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-0)

Status: (Passed) 2019-03-27 - Resolution Adopted [SR0193 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2019-SR0193-Introduced.html

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2 WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate would like to
3declare African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church Day on March
427, 2019 and welcome the AME Church leaders and congregants
5from the Fourth Episcopal District to the Capitol; and
6 WHEREAS, The African Methodist Episcopal Church was born
7through adversity and grew out of the Free African Society
8(FAS), which was established in Philadelphia by Richard Allen,
9Absalom Jones, and others in 1787; due to racial discrimination
10at St. George's MEC, members made plans to transform their
11mutual aid society into an African congregation; Bethel AME was
12dedicated in 1974 with Richard Allen as its pastor; and
13 WHEREAS, The geographical spread of the AMEC prior to the
14Civil War was mainly restricted to the Northeast and Midwest;
15the denomination reached the Pacific Coast in the early 1850s;
16the most significant era of denominational development
17occurred during the Civil War and Reconstruction; because of
18its rapid spread below the Mason-Dixon line, AME membership
19reached 400,000; and
20 WHEREAS, Today, the African American Methodist Episcopal
21Church has membership in 20 Episcopal Districts in 44 countries
22on five continents; the work of the Church is administered by

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121 active bishops and nine General Officers, who manage the
2departments of the Church; Reverend John Franklin White is the
3130th Elected and Consecrated Bishop and is the Presiding
4Bishop of the Fourth Episcopal District of the AME Church
5(AMEC); he supervises AME Churches and pastors in Canada,
6Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois;
7his wife, Mrs. Penny Hartsfield White, is the Episcopal
8Supervisor of the Fourth District; therefore, be it
10ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we declare African
11Methodist Episcopal (AME) Day at the Capitol on March 27, 2019
12and wish the AME continued success in its mission to minister
13to the social, spiritual, and physical development of all