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Chicago: Pony Press, 1907. Higginbotham, Evelyn Brooks. Righteous Discomfort. : Harvard University Press, 1993. Skinner, Rosemary, et al. Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006. Brown, Morris (1770–1849) African Methodist Episcopal bishop Morris Brown survived an explosive racial incident that led to his banishment from South Carolina, and despite virtually no education, he advanced to become the second bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME Church).

She officially retired from public service in 1950, but retirement did not cause her to abandon her life’s mission, as she devoted much of her time to establishing the Bethune Foundation. Bethune died of a heart attack on May 18, 1955. As evidence of the esteem in which she was held, she received a dozen honorary degrees. C. This made her the first African American and the first woman honored with a public monument in the nation’s capital. Further Reading Grant, Callie Smith. Free Indeed: African-American Christians and the Struggle for Equality.

In 1882, Virginia Broughton met Joanna Moore, a white missionary widely respected by blacks for her views on racial equality. A few years later, she became a member of one of Moore’s “Bible bands,” a group of women who met daily to study the Bible. Her expertise in Bible study led the Midwestern auxiliary of the American Baptist Missionary Society to sponsor her as a missionary in the South. Secure and happy in her teaching career, Broughton declined. But the death of her mother and feelings of mortality brought on by her own severe illness changed her priorities.

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