Founding of the Black Men’s Gathering
The Black Men’s Gathering (BMG) was founded in 1987 by Dr. William Roberts, who himself is African-American and serves as a member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States.
Participants in the BMG come together on a regular basis in chapters throughout the United States, in Europe, Australia, Canada and the Caribbean to share their experiences and strengthen their commitment to the Bahá’í Faith.
The Universal House of Justice describes the Gathering in this way:
“…the Gathering is a distinctive activity with a different agenda. It does not concern itself chiefly with race unity in the Bahá’í community as such. It addresses itself to a special situation faced by a minority that has suffered severe social and spiritual afflictions imposed upon it by the majority. The program of the Black Men’s Gatherings is unique and exemplary as an avenue for transcending the legacy of anguish, frustration and social pathology that is peculiar to black men in the United states; it urges them towards a fullness of life within the spirit and principles of the Bahá’í Revelation.”
(The Universal House of Justice, 2000 Mar 14)