In 1915, in a country still firmly latched onto segregation, Mable Broome became the first African-American Salvation Army officer commissioned in Chicago. She not only led the charge to include people of color in The Salvation Army, she also reinforced its commitment to award leadership roles regardless of skin color or gender.
With this legacy of empowerment without discrimination, The Salvation Army has continued to grow: welcoming officers from diverse backgrounds and serving nearly 25 million people each year in the US regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We take a holistic approach to Doing the Most Good where there is the most need, without discrimination, whether it be disaster relief, emergency assistance, substance abuse rehabilitation, or educational programs for children.
This February, as we celebrate African-Americans in history, we also honor the experiences of people of color in The Salvation Army today. Continue reading “Celebrating Black History Month”
“God sees color. God created color. Color is beautiful.”
To commemorate Black History Month, we asked a local beloved Salvation Army officer about his perspective on celebrating his race and ethnicity.
Continue reading “Lieutenant A.J. Zimmerman on Black History Month”
The Salvation Army Adele and Robert Stern Red Shield Center has started a new weekly mentoring program – Celebrate Launch and Landing – designed to support youth, teens and families in one of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods. The program combines group support, one-on-one mentoring and worship to help Englewood residents address issues arriving from poverty, hunger, violence, lack of education, homelessness and more. Continue reading “Celebrate Launch and Landing Gives Youth Resources to Address Community Concerns”
In 1915, the first African-American officer was commissioned in Chicago. Mable Broome not only led the charge to demolish the color line, she reinforced the Army’s commitment to give leadership roles to any Christian regardless of gender. In honor of Black History Month, please read the story of Ms. Broome, called with much affection one of Chicago’s “slum sisters.” Continue reading “Black History Month – Chicago Roots”
Several Chicago Bears players recently spent an afternoon with The Salvation Army visiting with clients and serving meals to Chicago’s homeless. Continue reading “Chicago Bears Serve Food to Chicago’s Homeless”