The California Conference Ministerial Alliance of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church awarded Congresswoman Barbara Lee with the Lifetime Achievement in Social Action Award during its Founders Day celebration on Sunday, Feb. 8.
The celebration was held at Parks Chapel AME Church in Oakland and featured speaker Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright of Trinity United Church of Christ.
“I am deeply honored to receive the Lifetime Achievement in Social Action Award from the California Conference Ministerial Alliance of the AME Church,” said Congresswoman Lee after receiving the award.
“Since its founding, the AME Church has served as a religious center for the African American community, one that supports the spiritual, social and educational development of all. Being the first African American denomination in the United States, the AME Church continues to labor towards resolving the issues of those oppressed by racial, social and economic disadvantages,” Lee said.
“I am truly humbled and I thank the AME Church for this honor and applaud the church’s continued efforts to be a progressive spiritual force in our community.”
The AME Church was founded in 1794 in Philadelphia by Bishop Richard Allen.