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 the slaves wouldn't take from the offering plate as they served aisles to aisles why ushering.

Happy Black History Month:


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

    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.

    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.

  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?


  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

  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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