It has been reported that Morehouse College will induct it's first openly homosexual minister into the college's prestigious Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers.
On April 3rd, Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen, who studied at Morehouse, will be installed by Dean Lawrence Edward Carter into this hall of great preachers.
Some believe that this bold move by Dean Carter may be a step in the right direction to start a dialogue in the African American church about Black men being gay but on the "down low".
Black men and their sexuality is an unnecessary struggle that folks are resisting accepting, especially black men that enjoy having sex with other men in secret: men that are openly married to women, dating women, or just pretending, wrote blogger William G McCray.
Last year Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen made Ebony Magazine's list of the top 10 list of "The Coolest Black Family in America" with his husband Rashad Burgess and adopted daughter LaTanya.
In the Ebony article Oliver said,
“My family is close.” “My mother initially didn’t know how to embrace it. After getting to know Rashad, and seeing that he was a responsible man who not only loved me but was willing to take care of me and build a life with me, she developed respect for him.”
Although, Bishop Allen will not be the first openly gay man inducted due to Dr. Peter Gomes of Harvard, he will be the first that is married to a man and actively living as a homosexual.