During the 1900s racism was a problem. An event took place on February 2nd 1915 at the Bethel AME Church. A group of black and white church members and pastors came together at the Bethel AME Church. The people spent the day listening to Mrs. Catherine M. Johnson who was the leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The talk went on to proceed to seek better understanding between the races and to combat discrimination.