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Richard Newman

better known as Daddy Grace or Sweet Daddy Grace or by his self-proclaimed title, Boyfriend of the World, was one of the more flamboyant religious leaders of the twentieth century. He was born, probably as Marceline Manoel da Graca, in Brava, Cape Verde Islands, of mixed Portuguese and African ancestry, the son of Manuel de Graca and Gertrude Lomba. In the charismatic church that he founded and headed, however, he managed to transcend race by declaring: “I am a colorless man. I am a colorless bishop. Sometimes I am black, sometimes white. I preach to all races.” Like many other Cape Verdeans, Grace immigrated to New Bedford, Massachusetts, around the turn of the century and worked there and on Cape Cod as a short-order cook, a salesman of sewing machines and patent medicines, and a cranberry picker.Also known as Bishop Grace he may have established his first church ...


Charles Emmanuel Grace was of mixed African and Portuguese descent, born in the Cape Verde Islands around 1882, probably as Marceline Manoël de Graça. Grace was among the numerous Cape Verdean immigrants who arrived in the United States during the first decade of the twentieth century. In the Cape Verdean communities of New Bedford and Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Grace worked as a short-order cook, a cranberry picker, and a sewing machine and patent medicine salesman.

Grace founded his first church in West Waltham, Massachusetts, around 1919. By the mid-1920s he had moved south, and was holding large, popular revivals and tent-meetings around Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1927 with an estimated 13 000 followers Grace incorporated The United House of Prayer for All People of the Church on the Rock of the Apostolic Faith The church grew rapidly and soon included branches all along the eastern seaboard ...


María de Lourdes Ghidoli

nicknamed “El Negro Raúl” (Black Raúl), a familiar figure in the streets of downtown Buenos Aires in the 1910s, which led to his becoming an inspiration for fiction, art, music, and film. The press and literary world in the city described him as an eccentric character who, in the first decades of the twentieth century, served as a buffoon for the amusement of the niños bien (spoiled children of the Buenos Aires elite). He became a celebrity thanks to the almost mythical stories that contribute little about his real life but rather distort it, helping the construction of a legend about him. He was born on 23 October 1886 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the son of Estanislao Grigera and Alejandra Ainas, and he had more than nine siblings, some of whom died at a very young age. He was baptized Pascual Raúl Grigera on 19 January 1887 at the ...