[Black Presbyterians by Dr. Gayraund S. Wilmore Jr.]

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Dr. Gayraund S. Wilmore Jr., History of B.P.U. Media-Modes, Inc. NYC

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In this recording, Dr. Gayraund S. Wilmore Jr. talks about the history of African Americans in the United Presbyterian Church. He points out the distinct contributions Blacks have made to the church as well as the social movements that have made Black life and culture what it is today. He talks about Hanover Davis, who was the first missionary to the slaves in the 1700s, and John Chavis, who was the first Black minister in the church, and names other Black church leaders in the pre-civil war time period. He talks about the founding of Biddle and Johnson C. Smith, and the formation of the Knox Presbytery that was formed by three men that strongly believed in Black liberation.

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