African American Religious Leaders (Black Stars) by Jim Haskins, Kathleen Benson

By Jim Haskins, Kathleen Benson

BLACK STARSMeet the black non secular leaders who helpedshape the African American experience--from colonial to trendy instances* Absalom Jones* Richard Allen* Jarena Lee* Lemuel Haynes* Peter Williams Sr.* Peter Williams Jr.* John Marrant* Denmark Vesey* Sojourner fact* Nat Turner* Maria Stewart* John Jasper* Alexander Crummell* Henry Highland Garnett* Henry McNeal Turner* Richard Henry Boyd* Bishop C. M. "Sweet Daddy" Grace* Vernon Johns* Elijah Muhammad* Howard Thurman* Adam Clayton Powell Jr.* Joseph E. Lowery* Malcolm X* Martin Luther King Jr.* Andrew J. younger* James L. Bevel* John Lewis* Prathia corridor Wynn* Jesse L. Jackson* Vashti Murphy McKenzie* Fredrick J. Streets* Al Sharpton* Renita J. Weems* T. D. Jakes

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Isabella then accompanied Matthias to New York City, where he had influential friends. She kept house for one of them, a wealthy merchant. She joined the John Street Methodist Church for a time, but she was not comfortable being segregated with the other black parishioners from the white congregants. She withdrew and joined Zion’s Church, an allblack congregation on Church Street. In New York, Isabella was reunited with two of her sisters and a brother. She had seen her sister Sophia from time to time, and when Sophia came to New York, she told Isabella that their brother Michael was also living in the city.

John started out as a cart boy, helping the ox-cart driver manage the oxen; but he was so smart that he was soon transferred to the house, where he waitered and worked in the garden. In 1825, when John was about thirteen, Mr. Peachy died. John was hired out to a succession of men in Richmond and Chesterfield counties. Nine or ten years later, Mrs. Peachy died, and the Peachy estate was divided among the Peachy children. John’s new owner was John Blair Peachy, who owned farms in Louisiana and planned to take his slaves there.

Because she had been inspired by God to be a warrior for her people, her approach was to preach. She declared that she was an instrument of God, who had called upon her to urge her people to win their own freedom and civil rights. She did not confine herself to antislavery speeches. She asked her people to make the education of their children their mission and to establish strong economic and religious institutions so that the black community did not have to rely on whites. Maria Stewart also spoke out on women’s issues.

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