The First Rosa

A Film Documentary


The name of civil-rights champion Dr. Rosa Parks is well known to history. But there was another Rosa, “a black teacher with liberating dreams,” with an inspiring story of her own. “The First Rosa”, produced by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, is a film that will enlighten the Church to Dr. Rosa J. Young’s remarkable history as a pioneer Lutheran educator and missionary who, alongside the Rev. Nils J. Bakke, planted dozens of historically black Lutheran schools and chapels in the American South. See the long odds they faced—struggles with strident critics, the Ku Klux Klan, even an invasion of boll weevils—before emerging with a glorious victory.

View Full-Length Documentary Download Documentary

‘The First Rosa’

The First Rosa

The LCMS produced “The First Rosa” film about Rosa J. Young, the “Mother of Black Lutheranism in Central Alabama.” A complimentary DVD copy of the film was sent to each LCMS congregation, and accompanying resources are available.

 Bible studies

 Sunday school lessons

 Student-teacher devotions

Photo Galleries

Rosa J. Young

Browse a collection of historic photos of Rosa and some of the churches and schools she helped plant. Photos courtesy of Concordia Historical Institute.

 View historical gallery

Browse a behind-the scenes collection of photos from the film sets of "The First Rosa" in Selma, Ala.

 View filming gallery

Rosa J. Young history

Rosa J. Young was awarded an honorary doctorate by Concordia Theological Seminary during their commencement service in May 1961. She was both the first woman and the first African-American to be honored in this way by the Lutheran Church.

Young led a life of service, accomplished so much to the Glory of God, and enabled others to do the same, including the following:

• She taught more than 2,000 students, impacting their lives forever with her faith and her belief in the importance of education, at a time when education for children of sharecroppers was limited.

• Many of her students entered the Holy Ministry or became parochial school teachers at her urging, impacting many others with their fidelity to her vision.

• She wrote her autobiography, Light in the Dark Belt, bringing her life story to the reader.

• She was influential in the founding of the Alabama Lutheran Academy and College in Selma, Ala., aimed at training students to become teachers and preparing young men to continue their education at seminary.

• That educational institution, now known as Concordia College Alabama, continues to provide affordable college education to young men and women.

• Many of her students moved north during the Great Migration and founded churches, which extended her ministry throughout the country.

Learn more

The Encyclopedia of Alabama provides an overview of Rosa J. Young’s history and ministry.

 


Resources

Check back for more resources as they become available.

 

 

Lutheran Church Extension Fund is proud to be a corporate sponsor of The First Rosa
Lutheran Church Extension Fund is proud to be a corporate sponsor of “The First Rosa”

Contact


Please contact the LCMS Church Information Center for more information about “The First Rosa.”

 

Rosa Young books


Concordia Publishing House offers two books about Rosa J. Young:

 

Recent News

the first rosa – Reporter
LCMS Black Ministry looks to expand education, outreach nationwide
Monday, April 17, 2017 12:42:40 PM

This feed has 11 articles on 11 pages << < 1 2 3 4 5 > >>

Has Rosa inspired you?

Rosa Young inspired countless young people to consider and pursue vocations in church work.

If her story has guided you in the same way, or if you know someone who would make a good church worker, please contact us.

Tell me more about becoming a professional church worker

Join us on the journey

Lutherans Engage the World

Lutheran Engage the WorldEngaging the Church in the work of witness and mercy across the globe in our life together.

Read now

 

The Lutheran Witness

The Lutheran WitnessInterpreting the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective

Learn more

Concordia Publishing House

Concordia Publishing House

Contact Us
 

  Email us
 

  Church Info Center: 888-843-5267
  Staff Switchboard: 800-248-1930
  Donor Care Line: 888-930-4438
 

 1333 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO 63122-7226

 

Guide Star Logo BBB Logo


The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Inc., including Mission Central (in Mapleton, Iowa), is an IRS registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity.

A contribution designated (restricted) for a specific purpose when accepted, will be used only to fund expenses related to that purpose. Occasionally, we may receive more in contributions for a particular purpose than can be wisely applied to it in the foreseeable future or the purpose may cease to be feasible. In these situations, the LCMS will make reasonable attempts to contact contributors to apply their contribution differently. If a contributor cannot be contacted, the LCMS will use the gift to meet a similar pressing need that most closely matches the contributor's original intent.  Consistent with Synod Board policy, no more than 12 percent of a charitable contribution may be applied to administering gifts and communicating with contributors.  Contributions received and accepted by the LCMS are deemed to be in agreement with this statement.

Our Tax Identification Number is: 43-0658188

>>View Donor Transparency Resources


Employment  |  For the Media  |  Site Map  |  Privacy

 

© 2003 – 2010   The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. All Rights Reserved.