Religion

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

Ayecha, a community for Jews of Color

The Ayecha Resource Organization is celebrated on this date. They were a global resource group for Jews of Color. Ayecha supported, strengthened, and advocated for Jews of Color and multi-racial families in the U.S.

The Michigan Street Baptist Church, a Buffalo, NY landmark


Michigan Street Baptist Church

The Michigan Street Baptist Church was founded on this date in 1837 in Buffalo, NY, one of the oldest Black Baptist Churches in the United States.

"The Black Church," a brief history

*This dates Registry from 1758, briefly writes about the history of the Black Church in America. This institution which was the first source of land ownership for slaves in America (with the human character of black people) is viewed as the reason and savior of oppressed African people in the United States.

From Africa to the Americas, Santeria!

This date from 1500, celebrates Santeria. Santeria is one of the many African syncretistic religions created in the Americas. The word syncretistic means to "draw together" or "combine." In a religious situation, this involves the mixing of elements from different or independent religious traditions to create a new belief system.

Santeria is based on the West African religions brought to the new world by Black slaves imported mainly to the Caribbean to work the sugar plantations.

Saint Augustine, "the Knowledgable One"


Saint Augustine

The birth of Saint Augustine in 354 is celebrated on this date. He was a North African Saint, Philosopher, and Doctor.

He was the eldest son of Saint Monica of Saint Augustine. Aurelius Augustinus (his birth name) was born in the municipium of Thagaste (now Souk Ahras, Algeria) in Roman North Africa. His mother, Monica, was a devout Christian; his father Patricius was a Pagan who converted to Christianity on his deathbed. Scholars believe that Augustine's ancestors included Berbers, Latins, and Phoenicians. He considered himself to be Punic and as "an African, writing of Africa.

Rev. Al Sampson, a voice with action


Rev. Al Sampson

Albert "Al" Sampson was born on this date in 1938. He is an African American activist and minister.

Ebenezer Baptist Church founded in Atlanta

The founding of Ebenezer Baptist Church in 1886 is celebrated on this date. This Atlanta house of worship is a unique landmark of Civil Rights in the Africa American community.

Joseph Lowery, outspoken and active


Rev. Joseph Lowrey

*Joseph Lowery was born on this date in 1921. He is an African American minister in the United Methodist Church and civil rights activist.

From Huntsville, Ala. Joseph E. Lowery is the son of LeRoy and Dora Lowery. He attended middle school in Chicago while staying with relatives, returning to Huntsville to complete high school. He then attended Knoxville College and Payne College and Theological Seminary, earning his doctorate of divinity at Chicago Ecumenical Institute.

"Black Peter," (Zwarte Piet), a "Black Face" European folk character


Zwartte Piet (character)

On this date, we reference the origin of Black Peter (Zwarte Piet) om approximately 500 A.D. He is a “Black Face” character of European folklore, a companion of Saint Nicholas (Dutch "Sinterklaas").

A founding minister of Pentecostalism, William J. Seymour


William Seymour

William J. Seymour, an African American minister, was born on this date in 1870.

He was raised in Centerville, LA, in the Baptist Church. As a child, he had dreams and visions. At the age of 25, he contracted smallpox and lost his sight in his left eye.

In 1903, Seymour moved to Houston, looking for relatives who had been lost during slavery. It was there that he accepted an interim post as a pastor of a small Holiness Church led by Pastor Lucy F. Farrow, a Black woman who had gone to Kansas.