Raphael Abraham Frank Mensah (1924-1990s)

Raphael Abraham Frank Mensah (1924-1990s), a schoolmaster and theologian, played a foundational role in bringing Mormonism to Ghana. Born in 1924 in Winneba, Gold Coast, as the British colony of Ghana was then called, he was the eldest of five children, three sons and two … Read MoreRaphael Abraham Frank Mensah (1924-1990s)

John Abraham Godson (1970– )

John Abraham Godson in the Polish Parliament "Image Ownership: Public Domain" John Abraham Godson, a conservative politician, university lecturer, businessman, and former Pentecostal preacher, is the first person of African descent elected to public office in Poland. He was born on November 25, 1970, in … Read MoreJohn Abraham Godson (1970– )

Sylvia Gaye Stanfield (1943- )

Sylvia Stanfield, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, took up her post as U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Brunei in November 1999. President William J. Clinton appointed Ambassador Stanfield to the … Read MoreSylvia Gaye Stanfield (1943- )

Mary Magdalena Lewis Tate (1871-1930)

Image Courtesy of the Church of the Living God Mary Magdalena Lewis Tate founded a Pentecostal denomination and became one of the first American women to hold the title, Bishop. Born in Vanleer, Tennessee on January 5, 1871, to Belfield Street and Nancy (Hall) Street, … Read MoreMary Magdalena Lewis Tate (1871-1930)

Jazz in Occupied China: Black Jazzmen at the Japanese Prison Camp in Weihsien, China during World War II

Earl Whaley Band, Shanghai, China, 1937/Weihsien Prisoner-of-War Camp During World War II Image Ownership: Public Domain/Image Courtesy of Palmer Johnson Desmond Power, a third generation British subject born in Tientsin (now Tianjin), China in 1923, was incarcerated along with 1,500 other foreign nationals in 1943 … Read MoreJazz in Occupied China: Black Jazzmen at the Japanese Prison Camp in Weihsien, China during World War II

Charles Manuel “Sweet Daddy” Grace (1881-1960)

Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Behring Center, Smithsonian Institution Marcelino Manoel da Graca anglicized Charles Grace and best known as Sweet Daddy Grace was founder of the United House of Prayer for All People.  Born off the coast of West … Read MoreCharles Manuel “Sweet Daddy” Grace (1881-1960)

William J. Seymour (1870-1922)

William J. Seymour was born in Centerville, Louisiana, to former slaves Simon and Phillis Seymour, who raised him in the Baptist church. While living in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was influenced by holiness teachings, and then he moved to Houston, Texas, where he heard Charles Fox … Read MoreWilliam J. Seymour (1870-1922)