Severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina, this center of the
community in New Orleans has, since 1866, hosted renowned leaders and numerous
social events and movements. In December of 1961, Union Bethel opened her
pulpit up to the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., where he issued a call for a
new "emancipation proclamation", requesting that the president issue
an executive order "declaring all segregation unconstitutional on the
basis of the 14th amendment."
Commemorating the late Dr. King's 75th birthday, in January, 2004, the
same pulpit was used by President Bush to announce his Faith-Based Initiative,
opening up faith based programs to federal funding. In 2007 the church was
entered into the National Register of Historic Places.

Union Bethel AME Church