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Fidelis Nkomazana

South African founder of the Zion Christian Church (ZCC), was born at Thabakgone, in the district of Pietersburg (now Polokwane) in the Limpopo Province in South Africa. He was one of the first children of Matseleng Barnabas Lekganyane and Sefora, the daughter of Marobathota Raphela. Lekganyane underwent five years of primary education at the Matlhantlhe School (run by Scottish Presbyterian missionaries) before staying at home.

In 1918, Lekganyane married Salphina Rabodiba, who gave birth to a daughter and five sons, considered as the rightful heirs. He later married two more wives, whose children were not recognized by the ZCC, but were later made members of the brass band, and responsible for leading the way during functions.

Lekganyane was a former member of the Free Church of Scotland FCS Apostolic Faith Mission AFM and Zion Apostolic Church ZAC ZCC is traced to a revelation which Lekganyane was said to have ...


Linda Spencer

first African American female faith healing evangelist, was born Sarah Ann Freeman, one of thirteen children, in Torrington, Connecticut, the daughter of Datus and Lois Freeman Little is known about her parents except that Mix was born of a consumptive family and tuberculosis deeply affected her life eventually taking both her father and mother s lives Mix 8 Both her parents were professing Christians and Mix attended Sabbath school where she was taught to fear evil and to choose the good Mix 201 These teachings left a deep impression on Mix and throughout her life she tried to be a Christian in spirit and action How many years Mix attended day school is unknown She experienced a stark realization when a younger brother with whom she attended school suddenly sickened and died the next day apparently from poison With his sudden death she realized the depth of ...


Amy Sparks Kolker

journalist and educator, was born in Lexington, Kentucky, the only child of Margaret Smith, who raised her on her own. It is uncertain whether Smith was born into slavery. Though her mother and she were poor and struggled to make ends meet, Smith managed to get an education, and by the age of sixteen she had begun to support her mother and herself by working as a secretary to William James Simmons, the president of the State University of Louisville. Later, after she graduated from the Normal Department at the State University in 1887, she worked as a faculty member.

Through her connection to Simmons, Smith also began working as a journalist. Simmons was an editor of the American Baptist, a newspaper owned by black Baptists, and in 1884 Smith began writing The Children s Column for the publication When Simmons became the ...