Pastor James McKnight (Courtesy photo)

Pastor James. K. McKnight and the members of Congregational Church of Christion Fellowship (CCCF) will a hold a special Black History worship service on Sunday, February. 19, at 10 a.m., in the edifice located at 2085 S. Hobart Blvd., in Los Angeles.

The service will celebrate the 78-year history of Our Authors Study, Club, Inc. (OASC) and the 73rd consecutive year that OASC has hosted a city-wide Black History Month celebration with every mayor since 1950.

Established in December 1945, CCCF was born as an interracial church of Japanese and African American members during a time when Japanese residents were returning from internment camps and Blacks were challenging restrictive covenants and becoming residents in the West Adams area. CCCF is a key part of Black history in Los Angeles.

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Charmaine Jefferson (Courtesy photo)

In addition to a special sermon by Pastor McKnight, Charmaine Jefferson, owner of Kèlan Resources, LA Cultural Affairs commissioner, and chair of the Board of Trustees of California Institute of the Arts, will give remarks on the history of Los Angeles. As a descendant of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Jefferson will provide valuable insight and perspective into the background of our city.

Music will be rendered by music director Ash Faatoalia and vocalist Lura Daniels-Ball.

After the service, there will be a fellowship hour and reception. Also, U.S. Postal Service staff will be on hand and attendees can purchase Black History Stamps from the past and the current 2023 Ernest J. Gaines stamp. OASC and ASALH Black History books and posters will also be available.

Attendees are encouraged to wear African and African-inspired clothing to mark the occasion. Masks are encouraged but not required. CCCF is handicapped-accessible, and parking is available in a large lot directly across from the church.