During the Persian Gulf War last year, the Board of Christian Educators held a discussion on what it was like for families to deal with young black men going to war.
This year, the group of 34th Street Church of God members says it is going to tackle an issue just as important: economic growth in the black community and the recession.
The Board of Christian Educators will sponsor a 5 p.m. seminar on Sunday at the church to discuss how African-Americans can deal with the downturn in the economy.
Rather than simply take a cultural or historical approach to black history, members of the group said they want to make sure their seminars are relevant to the needs of black people today.
Last Sunday, the Rev. Thomas Scott led a discussion focused on myths and stereotypes of black men.
The seminar on economics is a good example, said Lauren Ware, a chairwoman for the program.
"We chose this stance because of the unemployment rate among minorities," Ware said.
They also want to focus on the black church's historical role in solving many problems facing the African-American community.
"We are hoping to pull the community into the church," said Jacqueline Haynes, a co-chairwoman with Ware.
The panel discussion on economic growth will be at 5 p.m. Sunday at the 34th Street Church of God, 3000 N 34th St. Denise White, a news anchor for WTVT-TV Ch. 13, will moderate.
Panelists will include Sarah Governor, a Hillsborough school administrator, and Thomas Huggins III, project director of the Tampa-St. Petersburg Minority Business Development Center.
The Black Image Seminars will end with an Afrocentric dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 29 at the 34th Street Church. Ethnic food, an exhibit of African-American art, fashion show and a play on black heritage are scheduled.
For more information, call the Board of Christian Educators at 248-6548.