Agape Child and Family Services celebrates 50th anniversary with virtual gospel event

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — After a half-century of serving our community, a local organization continues its movement to keep families together in the Mid-South.

Agape Child and Family Services, a Christ-based organization, is celebrating its 50th birthday Friday.

The organization decided Covid-19 was not going to interfere with its celebration, and is live-streaming a gospel event with major recording artists and a civil rights icon.

Normally, the organization would pack an arena with guests.

The live stream event will feature musical guests like Kirk Franklin and CeCe Winans and inspirational words from a civil rights activist.

Director of Development Tori Taylor attributes Agape’s longevity in the city to its movement.

Since it was found in 1970, Agape has grown from a staff of two to 100 and more than 2,000 volunteers.

They’re all on a mission to develop healthy family bonds.

“Connecting them to resources that will allow them to continue to grow and create generation changes around jobs, education and who they are,” Taylor said.

After the Heartline celebration Friday at 7 p.m., Agape will light up both bridges overlooking the Mississippi River Saturday at dusk.

Agape is helping the community carry the torch and light the way for others.

Find more information about the event here.