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

Richard Boyd, a tireless spiritual leader

Richard Boyd

*Richard Henry Boyd was born on this date in 1843. He was a Black preacher, missionary, entrepreneur, publisher, banker, educator, writer, and Black Nationalist.

St. Andrews AME Church of Sacramento founded

This date in 1850 marks the founding of St. Andrews African Methodist Episcopal (A. M. E.) Church of Sacramento, California.

The Caravans spawned brilliant spiritual vocalists

The Caravans

The 1952 founding of The Caravans Black Gospel singing group is celebrated on this date.

One of Spelman's finest, Nora A. Gordon

Nora A. Gordon

Nora A. Gordon was born on this date in 1866. She was an African American teacher and missionary.

Nora Antonia Gordon was born in Columbus, GA, and graduated from Spelman Seminary (now Spelman College) in 1888. She attended a missionary school in London before arriving at the Palabala mission in the Congo a year later. Working with Lulu Fleming, she taught classes in the day school and the Sunday school. In 1891, she was transferred to Lukunga mission where she was in charge of the afternoon school and the printing office.

Mahalia's protégé', Bessie Griffin

Bessie Griffin

*Bessie Griffin was born on this date in 1922. She was an African American gospel vocalist.

Alexander Memorial Baptist Church founded

Alexander Memorial
Baptist Church

Alexander Memorial Baptist Church began on this date in 1908 when a group of worshipers left the First Baptist Church in Georgetown, Washington D.C., because they did not like the way the church was managed.

The Metropolitan Methodist Episcopal Church founded

The Metropolitan
Methodist Episcopal Church

This date in 1884 marks the founding of the Metropolitan Methodist Episcopal Church in Princess Anne, Maryland.

St. James Methodist Episcopal Church, Maryland Founded

St. James M. E. Church

*On this date in 1879, St. James Methodist Episcopal Church was incorporated.

Located in quaint and charming Oriole, Maryland, the house of worship was not built until 1885. The church community was comprised of free Blacks; freed slaves and watermen who desired a place to conduct social and spiritual matters.

Lena Mason expressed her beliefs well

Lena Mason

Lena Mason, a Black minister and poet, was born on this date in 1864.

She was born in Quincy, Illinois of parents, Reida and Vaughn, who were stanch Christians. Young Mason became a Christian at a very early age, attending the Douglass High School of Hannibal, MO. She also attended Professor Knott’s School in Chicago. She married George Mason in 1883, had six children with only one daughter surviving to adulthood. Mason entered the ministry at the age of 23. During her first three years of ministry she preached to whites exclusively.

Charles A. Tindley was a servant of the Lord

Charles A. Tindley

Charles Albert Tindley was born on this date in 1851. He was a Black Methodist Episcopal minister and lyricist.