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About MBCD

Photo of Macedonia Baptist Church in Denver, CO

Image courtesy of Jeffrey Beall

MBCD: History in the Making

Macedonia Baptist Church Denver (MBCD) was founded in 1917. Since our inception, most of our members have been Black/African American. As a church, we have a history of supporting our members—not only in nourishing their spirits—but also in fighting for their civil rights.


In 1963, MBCD moved to our current location. At that time, our pastor was Rev. Joseph Griffin, who was also friends with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Both men were passionate about the Civil Rights Movement. As such, Rev. Griffin and MBCD helped advance the rights of people in Denver.


In 1964, just a year after MBCD moved to our new home, we started hosting speaking engagements by some of the best-known civil rights leaders in the world—including Rev. Dr. King, Jr.; Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.; Mrs. Rosa Parks; Dr. Ralph Abernathy; and U.S. Representative Shirley Chisholm. Over the years, Macedonia has also hosted speaking engagements by local government officials, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). 


MBCD’s current location is certified and listed in the National Registry of Historic Places because, according to History Colorado, MBCD is significant to local ethnic heritage and is an excellent example of a church built during the Modernist movement. 

For a more comprehensive version of MBCD's history, visit our History page.



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