Concordia University Ann Arbor will host an on-campus screening of “The First Rosa,” an LCMS-produced documentary that chronicles the mission work of Lutheran educator and church planter Rosa J. Young.

Concordia faculty, staff, and students, as well as area church congregations, are invited to attend the event, which begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in Krieger Room 109.

Young, who lived during the early 1900s, had a passion for helping others, educating children, and sharing the Gospel. She accomplished extraordinary things for her community and the kingdom of God, including founding and promoting 30 Lutheran elementary school and 35 Lutheran congregations in Alabama’s “Black Belt.”

Kay Dumas Wolff and Susan Hill, both from Michigan, were deeply moved by Dr. Young’s life of service and began advocating for a screen version of the book, Light in the Dark Belt (, an autobiography of Dr. Young’s life. The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod approved the project in 2013 and the film was released in 2015.

Both Wolff and Hill will be present at CUAA’s film screening on February 25th and will share with the audience behind the scenes insight of the film as well as props from the set.

The approximately 40-minute film will be followed by a talkback with Kay Dumas Wolff and Susan Hill, and light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Rachel Ferry, (734-995-7403) Manager of Campus Communications. To access directions to campus or a campus map, (click here).