"History is the greatest narrative," the Rev. Heber Brown III told more than 20 people in the pews Feb. 17 at Pleasant Hope Baptist Church.
The church held a
"The man is making the rounds this month," Brown said.
Diggs' talk and accompanying slide show was mostly about the black history of
He name-dropped well-known black businesmen and celebrities, including jazzman
Brown also told of Pleasant Hope's roots in the 1800s and the merger between two churches, Mount Pleasant Church and the Good Hope Mission, that created Pleasant Hope in 1933, when it was referred to on a map of the area as a "colored church."
"I am righteously proud, as my father would say, to represent the people of this beautiful church," said Brown, 31. But he said he wanted to be like Diggs, "when I grow up."
Although the church's congregation is mostly black, a quarter of the people who came to the talk were white. Pleasant Hope has lately become a meeting place for organizations such as the Greater Homewood Community Corp.
The history event was important, Brown said, as a way to "reach across pews and barriers."