African American Religious Leaders (Black Stars) by Jim Haskins, Kathleen Benson

By Jim Haskins, Kathleen Benson

BLACK STARSMeet the black non secular leaders who helpedshape the African American experience--from colonial to trendy occasions* Absalom Jones* Richard Allen* Jarena Lee* Lemuel Haynes* Peter Williams Sr.* Peter Williams Jr.* John Marrant* Denmark Vesey* Sojourner fact* Nat Turner* Maria Stewart* John Jasper* Alexander Crummell* Henry Highland Garnett* Henry McNeal Turner* Richard Henry Boyd* Bishop C. M. "Sweet Daddy" Grace* Vernon Johns* Elijah Muhammad* Howard Thurman* Adam Clayton Powell Jr.* Joseph E. Lowery* Malcolm X* Martin Luther King Jr.* Andrew J. younger* James L. Bevel* John Lewis* Prathia corridor Wynn* Jesse L. Jackson* Vashti Murphy McKenzie* Fredrick J. Streets* Al Sharpton* Renita J. Weems* T. D. Jakes

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He wrote, “Civilization . . never springs up, spontaneously, in any new land. , in 1898. When Alexander Crummell was in Sierra Leone in 1853, Henry Highland Garnett was on an extended trip to Great Britain, sent there by the Free Labor Movement, an antislavery organization, to speak for the abolition of slavery in the United States. After poor health forced him to return home, he became pastor of Shiloh Church on Prince Street in New York City. Garnett had become convinced that black people could never be equal in the United States and he worked hard for emigration to Africa.

His strongest critics were young, educated black preachers who had attended seminary schools in the North, then relocated to the Richmond area after Federal troops occupied the vanquished South. They looked down on him with his high-emotion preaching and his ungrammatical way of speaking. They considered him an embarrassment. They thought they could quiet him. But Jasper would not be cowed. In fact, he questioned the faith of the educated, well-spoken black preachers. Ebenezer Baptist Church called a conference to discuss the issue and summoned Jasper to attend.

After months of legal proceedings, Peter was returned to her. While she was living with the Van Wagenens, Isabella had a lifechanging experience when she felt the spirit of God come to her. qxp 11/29/07 11:38 AM Page 30 began to attend the local Methodist church, where she was drawn to the teachings that God is within everyone. She wanted to know God’s word herself, not filtered through the minds of others, and she was frustrated that she was unable to read the Bible. At first, Isabella asked adults to read to her.

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