Category: Religion

  • Thu, 1909-03-11

    *On this date in 1909, John Burgess was born. He was an African American bishop.

    From Grand Rapids, Michigan, John Melville Burgess’...

  • Wed, 1910-06-29

    *Rev. Avery Alexander was born on this date in 1910. He was an African American minister and activist in the struggle for civil rights for...

  • Sat, 1910-09-10

    *Dr. M. Moran Weston was born on this date in 1910. He was an African American minister, businessman and civil rights activist.

    From...

  • Wed, 1910-11-30

    On this date in 1910, Pauli Murray was born. She was an African American lawyer, poet, and minister.

    Born in Baltimore, she began her...

  • Mon, 1911-04-17

    Isaiah Newman was born on this date in 1911. He was an African American clergyman, civil rights leader.

    Born in Darlington County SC....

  • Thu, 1911-10-26

    This date marks gospel singer Mahalia Jackson’s birthday in 1911. She was an African-American gospel singer, widely regarded as the best in the...

  • Mon, 1915-03-29

    *This date in 1915 celebrates the birth of Rev. Floyd Massey Jr. He was an African American minister and teacher.

    Born in Rock Hill, S....

  • Tue, 1916-06-06

    *James B. Davis was born on this date in 1916. He was an African American gospel music singer and a founder of The Dixie Hummingbirds, one of...

  • Tue, 1916-11-28

    *Claude Black was born on this date in 1916. He was an African American Baptist minister, activist and Politian.

    Claude William Black,...

  • Sat, 1917-06-16

    Rembert E. Stokes was born on this date in 1917. He was an African American bishop, educator, and administrator.

    He received a Bachelor...

  • Thu, 1921-10-06

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

  • Thu, 1922-07-06

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

    Born Arlette B. Broil in New Orleans,...

  • Tue, 1925-01-27

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

    From Haynes, Arkansas...

  • Sun, 1925-03-15

    *On this date in 1925 the New Everdale Baptist Church was built. This is one of the oldest Black churches in Alabama.

    Near Selma,...

  • Tue, 1928-11-13

    The founding of the Dixie Hummingbirds in 1928 is celebrated on this date. They are an African American Gospel singing group.

    The Dixie...

  • Thu, 1930-06-12

    On this date in 1930, Barbara Harris, the first woman ordained a bishop in the Anglican Communion, was born.

    Harris was born in...

  • Fri, 1931-09-04

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

    Wendell Phillips...

  • Mon, 1932-12-05

    James Cleveland was born on this date in 1932. He was an African American minister, composer, and gospel vocalist.

    Born in Chicago,...

  • Thu, 1933-05-11

    On this date in 1933, Louis Farrakhan was born. He is an African American religious leader in the Muslim community.

    Born in New York...

  • Sun, 1936-06-21

    O. C. Smith, an African American singer and minister, was born on this date in 1936.

    Born Ocie Lee Smith in Mansfield, LA., Smith moved...