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

By Jim Haskins, Kathleen Benson

BLACK STARSMeet the black spiritual leaders who helpedshape the African American experience--from colonial to fashionable 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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The second group was slave owners who feared that the growing number of free people of color was a danger to their way of life and wanted them gone from America. The third group was black Americans who despaired of ever being able to live free in the United States. The American Colonization Society established the colony of Liberia, next to Sierra Leone on the west coast of Africa, as a new home for freed American blacks. Alexander Crummell moved to Freetown in Sierra Leone in 1853 and spent nearly twenty years working to make the two settlements of free blacks on the west coast of Africa successful.

Raised and educated in Western traditions, including Christianity, he believed that Africa was uncivilized and that the best way for Africans to improve their lives was to adopt Western values and traditions. He wrote, “Civilization . . never springs up, spontaneously, in any new land. , in 1898. When Alexander Crummell was in Sierra Leone in 1853, Henry Highland Garnett was on an extended trip to Great Britain, sent there by the Free Labor Movement, an antislavery organization, to speak for the abolition of slavery in the United States.

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. He died before he could do so, however. Once again, John was hired out to various farmers. Around 1829, while working in Williamsburg, Virginia, John Jasper fell in love with and married a young enslaved woman named Elvy Weaden.

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