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Alexis Cepeda Maule

minister and politician, served thirty-six years (1943 to 1979) in the Illinois State House of Representatives for the 22nd District and acted as associate pastor at Chicago's Quinn African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. Corneal was born on a farm near Vicksburg, Mississippi, to a white landowner and an African American former slave named Pearl Darden. After attending primary school at Sisters of the Holy Ghost, a Roman Catholic School, Davis graduated from Magnolia Public High School. At Magnolia there had been one teacher who taught all the subjects.

Davis attended Tougaloo College, a historically black institution near Jackson, Mississippi. Established in 1869 by the Home Missionary Society of the Disciples of Christ Tougaloo offered a first class liberal education to African Americans At Tougaloo he read the newspaper almost every day and participated in the debate society which would help his oratory skills in his later ...


Patrick Cliff

religious leader known as the “Prophet,” was born in Birmingham, Alabama, the only son of Catherine and James Jones. He was consistently evasive about his youth, though he did speak of being raised by his devoted mother and not by his alcoholic, absentee father (from whom Jones always remained distant). He claimed also to have been called to God at a young age, and at age eighteen he was ordained a minister of Triumph, the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ, an unaffiliated Christian church. While Jones frequently said that the only book he ever touched was the Bible, he claimed to have a degree from Johnson C. Smith University, a black school in Charlotte, North Carolina (hence his fake “Doctor” title). In fact Jones had no degree.

Using Birmingham as a home base, he was an itinerant preacher until 1938 During that time Jones s following ...


Jeremy Rich

Nigerian activist and religious leader, was born Rowland Jide Macaulay in Islington, London, England. His father was Augustus Olakunde Macaulay, a Nigerian who studied engineering in England in the mid-1960s before returning to his homeland in 1968. Although Macaulay’s father was trained as an engineer, he eventually switched careers and became a theology professor after retiring from a teaching position at the University of Lagos.

Macaulay thus was raised in a conservative Protestant evangelical family One of his brothers became an accountant and another worked like his father as an engineer Macaulay attended primary and secondary school in Nigeria but returned to England to study law By this point Macaulay already considered himself to be a homosexual even though his father shared common Nigerian social mores that considered sexual activity between men as an example of social deviance Macaulay wrestled with his sexual orientation through his adolescent years and ...


Meghan Elisabeth Healy

founder of the Bantu Women’s League (BWL) and African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) missionary, was born Charlotte Manye near Fort Beaufort, Cape Colony, on 7 April 1874. The first of six children born to Christian parents, Charlotte Manye received her early schooling near Port Elizabeth, from the Xhosa intellectuals Isaac Wauchope and Paul Xiniwe. In the late 1880s her family moved to the diamond-mining town of Kimberley, where she and her younger sister Kate distinguished themselves as singers in a Free Church of Scotland choir.

From 1891 to 1893 Charlotte and Kate Manye toured Britain with the African Jubilee Choir also known as the African Native Choir Charlotte Manye continued with the choir for an American tour Kate married in Johannesburg and then moved to Durban where she served as an interpreter and doctor s assistant at McCord Zulu Hospital an experience that has been recorded in ...


Kathleen Sheldon

Ghanaian theologian, was born into an Asante Christian family. All of her grandparents were Methodists, and her father, Charles Kwaw Yamoah, was a pastor and the president of the Methodist Church of Ghana. Oduyoye attended secondary school at Achimota in Ghana and the Teacher Training College in Kumasi, after which she taught at the Asawase Methodist Girls’ School. In 1959 she entered the University of Ghana at Legon, earning a degree in theology in 1963, followed by studies in dogmatics at Newnham College, University of Cambridge, where she earned a second bachelor’s degree. After marrying Adedoyin Modupe Oduyoye in 1968, they moved to Nigeria where she was the first woman lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Ibadan. One of her first publications was a pamphlet that raised the question of women’s role in the church, entitled And Women Where Do They Come In ...