Katie Geneva Cannon (1950-2018)

Rev. Dr. Katie Cannon was the first African American female to be ordainedinto the United Presbyterian USA denomination. Rev. Cannon was ordained in Shelby, North Carolina, on April 24, 1974, by the Catawaba Presbytery, making her the first African American woman ordained in the United Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Katie … Read MoreKatie Geneva Cannon (1950-2018)

Theodore Judson Jemison (1918-2013)

Rev. T. J. Jemison With Students at Southern University Who Had Just Been Released From Jail for Civil Rights Protest, 1960 Image Ownership: Public domain Rev. Theodore Judson Jemison was a civil rights leader and president of the National Baptist Convention. He was responsible for leading the Baton Rouge Bus … Read MoreTheodore Judson Jemison (1918-2013)

Preston Taylor (1849–1931)

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Preston Taylor was an African-American businessman, minister, and philanthropist, who, by the early twentieth century, was considered one of the most influential leaders of Nashville, Tennessee’s black community. Taylor created Greenwood Cemetery, the second oldest African American cemetery in Nashville, and … Read MorePreston Taylor (1849–1931)

Gayraud Stephen Wilmore (1921- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Reverend Gayraud Stephen Wilmore is an American pastor, educator, historian, and theologian.  Born on December 20, 1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wilmore attended Central High School where he was active in the drama club, wrote for the student newspaper and, for a … Read MoreGayraud Stephen Wilmore (1921- )

Guadalupe Victoria Yolí Raymond (1936-1992)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Guadalupe Victoria Yolí Raymond, known popularly as “La Lupe,” was a Cuban and Cuban American singer and dancer.  She was born in San Pedrito, a locality within Santiago de Cuba, Oriente Province, Cuba on December 23, 1936. Yolí grew up in … Read MoreGuadalupe Victoria Yolí Raymond (1936-1992)