Religion

Ministers, bishops, priest, etc. men, women, institutions, and organizations of spirituality in America through the Black experience.

Jarena Lee, a spiritual voice for freedom


Jarena Lee

*The birth of Jarena Lee in 1783 is marked on this date. She was a Black preacher and abolitionist.

Rebecca Cox Jackson born


Rebecca Cox Jackson
"Gifts of Power"

*Rebecca Cox Jackson was born on this date in 1795. She was a Black woman who became an eldress in the Shaker religion and founded a Shaker community in Philadelphia.

Second Baptist Church of Los Angeles founded

*On this date in 1885, Second Baptist Church, the first African American Baptist Church in Southern California was organized in Los Angeles.

Henry Delany, a North Carolina Bishop


Henry Delany

*Henry Delany was born on this date in 1858. He was an African American minister and bishop.

Born in Saint Mary’s, Georgia, Both of his parents were slaves. His father, Thomas Delany was a ship and house carpenter, and his mother Sarah, a house servant.  Delany grew up in Fernandina, Florida where he received his earliest formal education.  He and his brothers also learned brick laying and plastering trades from their father.  In 1881 Henry Beard Delany entered Saint Augustine’s School in Raleigh, North Carolina where he studied theology. 

DC's 19th Street Baptist Church founded

*This date in 1839 marks the founding of the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church of Washington, D.C. It is one of the oldest Black Baptist Churches in the Nation’s Capital.

Bethel A.M.E. Atalanta founded


Bethel AME
Church, Atlanta

*Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Atlanta was founded on this date in 1847.

William Holmes Borders Sr. born


William H. Borders Sr

*On this date in1905, Rev. William Holmes Borders was born. He was an African American minister and activist and writer.

Jeremiah Wright, theology of the soul


Rev. Jeremiah Wright

*Jeremiah Wright was born on this date in1941. He is an African American minister, educator and activist.

Jeremiah Alvesta Wright, Jr was born and raised in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Jeremiah Wright, Sr., a Baptist minister and Mary Elizabeth Henderson Wright, a schoolteacher and education administrator. Wright graduated from the Central High School of Philadelphia in 1959. From 1959 to 1961, Wright attended Virginia Union University and is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Zeta chapter.

Zion Baptist Church founded

*Zion Baptist Church was founded on this date in1865. It is one of the oldest African American churches west of the Mississippi.

Zion Baptist church was founded by a small group of people that came from other territories and towns to Colorado with limited resources, filled with determination. Rev. William Norrid was Zion's first Pastor. In 1867 Zion purchased 2 lots located at 20th and Holladay (now Arapahoe) Streets and built their first house of worship.

A minister for children, Catherine Ferguson


Catherine Ferguson

*The birth of Catherine Ferguson in 1779 is celebrated on this date. She was a Black minister and advocate of childcare.