Through words, music, dance, visual and fine arts and service to one another—our joy in the Lord is made manifest in many forms. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.”
–Philippians 4:4


Bob Gore Collection: National Museum of African Americans and Culture

I am pleased to announce the creation of the Bob Gore collection at the National Museum of African Americans and Culture in Washington, DC. Having my work selected by the premier African American cultural institution is a high honor and a dream come true.

NMAHC, the newest of the Smithsonian Institution museums, was opened on September 24, 2016, by President Barack Obama and is the only national museum devoted exclusively to documenting African American experience. There all people can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience, what it means to their lives and the nation’s history.

My photographs result from unique access to worship gatherings, musical performances, scholarly presentations, and the gatherings of political and fraternal organizations.

The following are sample images from the collection.
The entire collection will be available online in the near future.

View Samples From Collection

Trustee Board Chair, Alexis Thomas, Blazing Trails in the Community

The UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is honoring our Chair, Trustee Alexis Thomas, as this year’s recipient of the “Trailblazer Award for Community Service” at the 2023 UNCF Returning to Our Roots Gospel Brunch – New York on Saturday November 11, 2023, at Harlem’s iconic Alhambra Ballroom. Alexis will receive this award and be recognized alongside another community powerhouse, Rev. Dr. Margaret Elaine M. Flake (also her LINKS sister!) of The Greater Allen A.M.E. Church in Jamaica Queens, and Brooklyn’s Salem Missionary Baptist Church for their remarkable contributions to the larger New York community.

Alexis is a proud alum of an HBCU herself: she attended undergrad at Morgan State University in her hometown of Baltimore. She stands strong in support of the UNCF which ensures that more students can benefit from the transformative experience of attending a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). Even more, her tireless dedication to the church and unwavering community service has been nothing short of inspirational — it is a privilege to recognize her in this way. Let’s celebrate and show our Chair, Trustee Alexis Thomas, some serious trailblazing love!!

Louisa Tatum Runs The City

Louisa Tatum is a long time Abyssinian joining the church when she was 7. She’s an avid runner and a marathoner; completing New York 3x, Berlín, Chicago. She will complete her 5th marathon in New York this November

Trustee Bob Gore Publishes Book of New York City BLM Protest Photos

Know Justice, Know Peace: The largest protests in New York were the 2020 Black Lives Matter marches following the videotaped murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The outrage fueled massive turnout locally, nationally and around the world. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, people of all ages, races and backgrounds took to the streets day and night to demand police reform. Abyssinian Trustee Bob Gore, a professional photographer, joined the rallies and photographed the throngs that engulfed New York City during June and July 2020.  The result of his engagement is a new book or photographs, “Know Justice, Know Peace.”

Congratulations, Trustee Gore! Know Justice, Know Peace is available now!

Deacon Peter Westbrook featured on NBC News

Click here to view NBC News feature story on Abyssinian’s Deacon Peter Westbrook and his transformational work with today’s youth through the Peter Westbrook Foundation. Congratulations to Deacon Westbrook!

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