Black History Facts: Why Ushers Wore White Gloves.


Reader once upon a time "The Black Church" was the center of the Black community. There were a lot of tradition but there also were family and a sense of community. Both of my parents use to smile as they spoke of their childhoods and grandparents growing up during hard times.   I cherish their stories.





I hear that this was an old slave tradition. Slaves were asked to put their arms behind their backs so they could be watched to be sure they were not stealing the money. They also wore the white gloves because again they were not trusted and the white church members did not want to touch their skin. My understanding is back during slavery time when the slave served in white churches they had to wear white gloves and place the one hand behind the back.....so the slaves wouldn't take from the offering plate as they served aisles to aisles why ushering.

Happy Black History Month:

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  1. Who did you hear it from? Where is your source?

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    1. I'm from the hills of Alabama that information was passed on by my great great grandmother. If you do a little research you might be surprised at what you will find.

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    2. Ann Brock. I completely believe your great great grandmother, for who would know better than her and it is a crying shame that "Black churches" continue to practice this degrading practice.

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  2. I can't say that I'm completely sold on it....BUT "WE" do have an American sub- history if you will. I knew an older guy while i was in the Navy who swore that his grand father claimed to have invented the tubeless tire . Who would lie about such a thing?

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  3. I say this is hog wash. No black whither you was a slave or not back in those times was not allowed in a white church.
    BTW I'm from Alabama

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    1. Blacks WERE allowed in white churches to do the same thing they did in white households....serve and wait on the white people! And I'm from Chicago.

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  4. Yes blacks were allowed in white churches on condition. It wasn’t until they began to intermingle with each other that the cry of foul was called out. Check your history. The Assembly’s Of God we’re in fact part of the Church of God In Christ until the haters cried foul. Yet when they established the Assemblies of God they had the COGIC Overseer minister the first sermon.

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    2. They sure don’t want to hear it, they get butt hurt when you try to present them with awakening info. Smdh

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    3. Not only this, but the tradition of the set up came from the Europeans who actually learn everything put in place from our African priests and stolen legacy given by white Jews. All teachings for the world was established under the firstborn children which were the black race. The deception we have today is the marriage of white Jews with white Gentiles. The bondage of the black race today unknowingly receiving mirrored teachings that were corrupt to place the firstborn race in captivity.

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  5. Thank you for this insight. It makes since to me. People don't realize that a lot of traditions we took on was due to slavery. If they looked at the train servants or any servant that waited on white people you would see those same white gloves. If you were a white person telling them this they would accept it. Thank you my sister.

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    1. Unknown thanks for your comment.

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    2. Can you imagine how many US currency bills have been deliberately tampered with by terrorist and literally sick people.. door knobs etc.. people are always wondering why GOD allowed this or that and have no idea of what HE and Holy Ghost are holding back...

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  6. Why do you think the Queen of England wears gloves? I wear them for the same reason to certain places. I don't want to touch other people's hands. Not to be at all disrespectful but some people don't wash their hands after using the bathroom. If I'm at a place where shaking hands is going on...I will have my gloves on.

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    1. Thanks Alecia for adding to the discussion.

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    2. Jesus said that as His disciples we can eat or drink poison and it won't harm us and God does not give us the Spirit of fear. This is just racist hogwash of the devil trying to infiltrate the church and cause division and confusion in the church. Jesus is not prejudice and does not stir up strife.

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    3. It is what it is, history is history, it can't be changed.

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  7. Alecia said the real reason without all the victimology- most importantly it was for the Holiness of the service.

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  8. This doesn't sound true. I'm a longtime reader of all types of literature. I never read anything that substantiates slaves attending white churches wearing white gloves!
    Sight written historical sources please .

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  9. Sounds about right! or white! lol so much was influenced by slavery even our diet...

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  10. I never heard this but it sounds true and for the person talking about "written historical sources" if you believe every single thing that's written in a book you're a fool common sense would tell you that the author wrote their truth just like parts of the bible was twisted cause it contradicts God's word but let me stop before i start making people upset with the truth

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  11. Ann Brock, well said. I have been missing from your blog for a while. It is great to be back.

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