Celebrating Black Heroes: Tom Skinner

Celebrating Black Heroes: Tom Skinner

(1942 – 1994) We’re celebrating black heroes who made history, and I want to introduce you to Tom Skinner, a former street gang leader, born and raised in Harlem, New York. God radically transformed his life and protected him when he withdrew his gang membership—something that usually results in dire consequences.  God radically transformed his life and protected him when he …

Celebrating Black Heroes: Augustine

Celebrating Black Heroes: Augustine

(354 – 430) We’re celebrating black heroes who made history, and I want to introduce you to Augustine, who was by far the most scholarly and influential of all the church fathers. For centuries church fathers, anointed men of erudition, have sculpted the development of the Christian faith and have postulated ways to articulate the deep and intricate truths of Christian …

Celebrating Black Heroes: Harriet Tubman

Celebrating Black Heroes: Harriet Tubman

(c. 1820 – 1913) We’re celebrating black heroes who made history, but this woman needs no introduction. Harriet Tubman escaped slavery and became a leading abolitionist who led hundreds of slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad.  Tubman was born into slavery and experienced great emotional and physical trauma from an early age. She was one of nine children, but the …

Celebrating Black Heroes: Sandy Frederick Ray

Celebrating Black Heroes: Sandy Frederick Ray

(1898-1979) We’re celebrating black heroes who made history, and I want to introduce you to Sandy Frederick Ray, close friend of Martin Luther King Sr. Martin’s son, King Jr., viewed Ray as a father figure and called him “Uncle Sandy.”  Ray served Baptist churches in Georgia, Illinois, and Ohio, where he became an acclaimed Sunday radio preacher and the first black …

Celebrating Black Heroes: Mahalia Jackson

Celebrating Black Heroes: Mahalia Jackson

(1911-1972) We’re celebrating black heroes who made history, and I want to introduce you to Mahalia Jackson, who was born on October 26, 1911 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was known as “the Queen of Gospel” and honored as one of the greatest musical figures in U.S. history.  Jackson began singing when she was four years old at Mount Moriah Baptist …