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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  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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  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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