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

Shirley Caesar, Gospel voice and Minister

Shirley Caesar

*Shirley Caesar was born on this date in 1938. She is an African American gospel singer and pastor.

Caesar was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, her father died when she was eight years old. During that time she took on the responsibility of caring for a semi-invalid mother. Caesar began singing as a young girl in church. She remained determined, and continued with her education while developing her remarkable musical talent. She eventually graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Shaw University.

Wendell Whalum, a choral music legend

Wendell P. Whalum

*Wendell P. Whalum was born on this date in 1931. He was an African American gospel musician, educator and minister.

George Freeman Bragg Jr. born

George Freeman Bragg Jr.

*George Freeman Bragg, Jr. was born on this date in 1863. He was an African American minister and activist.

Calvin O Butts, minister and more

Dr. Calvin O. Butts III

*Calvin O. Butts, was born on this date in1949.  He is an African American pastor, educator, and administrator.

Dr. George Kelsey was a great Theologian

George Kelsey

*George Kelsey was born on this date in 1910.  He was an African American educator, theologian and administrator.

John E. Ford, minister and more

John Elijah Ford

*John E. Ford was born on this date in 1862. He was a Black minister and businessman.

From Owensboro, KY John Elijah Ford was the eldest of fifteen children of Isom and Anne Helm Ford. Nine of his siblings died at birth or childhood diseases and he was the only one born in Kentucky. His family moved to Chicago when he was a child where he grew up near 33rd and Dearborn Street. His brothers and sister were, Gerogie, Dotie, Lola, Vertel (Bud) and Milton. Ford graduated from high school as the only black in his class and was proficent in Latin with good grades.

Rev. John Cross Jr. was the Lords witness

Rev. John Cross Jr.

*The Reverend John H. Cross, Jr. was born on this date in 1925. He was an African American minister and activist.

From Haynes, Arkansas he was the son of Margie Ann and John H. Cross Sr. He attended elementary school at Spring Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Haynes, Arkansas and Lincoln High School in Forrest City, Arkansas. As a teenager, Cross gave his trial sermon and was ordained at Springfield Missionary Baptist Church. After high school, in 1944, Cross entered the United States Army as an Assistant Regimental Chaplain.

“Manifesto on Racial Beliefs” published

(some) Manifesto signers, 1957

On this date in 1957, a “Manifesto on Racial Beliefs” was published by The Atlanta Constitution.

Dr. Allison Williams, Senior Pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, and 79 other white Atlanta pastors, signed the Manifesto, which was also published in The Atlanta Journal. This document clearly stated their opposition to the "hatred, defiance, and violence" which followed the Supreme Court's granting of "full privileges of first-class citizenship" to Black Americans through the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision.

St. Augustine Catholic Church of New Orleans founded

St. Augustine
Church (2005)

This date in 1842 marks the dedication of St. Augustine's Catholic Church in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans. Since its dedication, St. Augustine has been a church of the free black citizens of New Orleans, welcoming both free and slave as worshippers.

Theophilus Steward ministered to many

Throphilus Steward

Theophilus Steward was born on this date in 1843. He was a Black clergyman, teacher, and author. Theophilus Gould Steward was born in Gouldtown, New Jersey.