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Carl Mirra

theologian, was born in Fordyce, Arkansas, the son of Charles “Charlie” Madison Cone, a woodcutter, and Lucy Cone. Cone was the youngest of three children. When Cone was just a year old his family moved to Beardon, Arkansas, a rural town of roughly 800 whites and 400 blacks. He only achieved a sixth grade education, but his natural intelligence and courage led him to later challenge racial segregation, a lifetime commitment to racial justice that included his participation in a school desegregation case and his opposition to racial coercion in the Jim Crow South.

Cone s early education took place in segregated schools that often employed teachers without college degrees What they lacked in formal training however Cone s teachers made up for in life affirming qualities He recalls that his first grade teacher often hugged him making him feel loved Cone did not know what it meant ...


Fidelis Nkomazana

Methodist minister and pioneer of African theology, was born at Kroonstad in the Free State Province, South Africa, on 4 February 1925 as the third of six children of William Mabeleng and Rebecca Masetimela Setiloane. Setiloane attended primary and secondary school at Kroonstad and matriculated in 1941. He obtained a teacher’s certificate of education at Moroka Missionary Institute in Thaba Nchu in 1942 and taught in various South African mission and Bantu high schools in Heilbron, Saulspoort, Rustenburg, Ficksburg, Ventersburg, Kroonstad, and Maseru (Lesotho) from 1943 to 1948. He continued private studies through a distance learning program with the University of South Africa and demonstrated the indomitable spirit of a motivated achiever from his early life. His interest was mainly in the field of African studies, with a focus on Bantu languages and native administration; he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in 1947. In 1948 ...