By Jim Haskins, Kathleen Benson
BLACK STARSMeet the black spiritual leaders who helpedshape the African American experience--from colonial to fashionable occasions* 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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A white traveling Methodist teacher named Miss Gear persuaded Isabella to accompany her on her travels, so Isabella left her home county in 1829, when she was about thirty-two years old. Not long afterward, she met and was inspired by a religious reformer named Elijah Pierson. He taught that believers should obey the laws of the Old Testament. He held services in his house, which was sometimes called the Kingdom, and attracted a small group of followers. Isabella moved into the Pierson home as a housekeeper, but she was treated by Pierson as an equal in spiritual matters.
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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. After poor health forced him to return home, he became pastor of Shiloh Church on Prince Street in New York City. Garnett had become convinced that black people could never be equal in the United States and he worked hard for emigration to Africa.
African American Religious Leaders (Black Stars) by Jim Haskins, Kathleen Benson