Ministers, bishops, priest, etc. men, women, institutions, and organizations of spirituality in America through the Black experience.

Abraham Lincoln Davis born

Rev. Abraham Lincoln Davis

*Abraham Lincoln Davis was born on this date in 1914. He was an African American minister and Civil Rights activist.

Abraham Lincoln "A. L." Davis was born in Bayou Goula, Louisiana and moved to New Orleans in 1930 to live with a sister and attend high school. Davis graduated from McDonogh 35 High School, received his B. A. degree from Leland College and his theological degree from Union Baptist Theological Seminary. He became the pastor of New Zion Baptist Church in 1935 where he became known as the Rev. A. L. Davis. He served as pastor of New Zion for forty-three years.

Hymn "We Shall Overcome" published

*On this date in 1901 we celebrate the song We Shall Overcome. "We Shall Overcome" is a protest song that became a key anthem of the African American civil rights movement during the 20th and 21st century.

Louise Jarrett Shropshire born

Louise Shropshire

*Louise Shropshire was born on this date in 1913. She was an African American composer for her religion and the church.

Born Louise Jarrett, the granddaughter of slaves and sharecroppers, she was born in Coffee County, Alabama. In 1917, her family relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio. As a young girl, Jarrett demonstrated a gift for music and composed many hymns as a member of the Baptist Church. Sometime between 1932 and 1942, after marrying Robert Shropshire, she composed a gospel hymn entitled, If My Jesus Wills.

Julia A. J. Foote born

Julia Foote

*The birth of Julia A. J. Foote in 1823 is celebrated on this date. She was a Black evangelist and author.

Francis Patrick Healy born

Francis P. Healy

*Patrick Francis Healy was born on this date in1834. He was a Black minister and college administrator.

Joseph A. Booker, minister born

Joseph A. Booker

*Joseph Booker was born on this date 1859. He was a Black editor, educator, minister and community leader.

Emanuel AME Methodist Church, SC opens

Emanuel AME Methodist Church

*The opening of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1816 is celebrated on this date.

James Patterson Jr. born

James Patterson Jr.

*On this date in 1935 James Patterson, Jr. was born. He was an African American lawyer and minister.

James Oglethorpe “J. O.” Patterson, Jr. was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He was the son of J.O. Patterson, Sr. and Mrs. Deborah M. Patterson. He was the grandson of the COGIC founder, Bishop Charles Harrison Mason. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Fisk University in 1958, his Jurist Doctor degree from DePaul University in 1963, and his Master of Religion degree from the Memphis Theological Seminary in 1985.

Rev. Samuel Kyles born

Rev. Samuel Kyles

*The Rev. Samuel "Billy" Kyles was born on this date in 1934. He is an African American minister and Civil Rights activist.

Jimmie Lee Jackson born

Jimmie Lee Jackson

*On this date in1938, Jimmie Lee Jackson was born. He was an African American minister and civil right activist.