By Jim Haskins, Kathleen Benson
BLACK STARSMeet the black spiritual leaders who helpedshape the African American experience--from colonial to trendy instances* Absalom Jones* Richard Allen* Jarena Lee* Lemuel Haynes* Peter Williams Sr.* Peter Williams Jr.* John Marrant* Denmark Vesey* Sojourner fact* Nat Turner* Maria Stewart* John Jasper* Alexander Crummell* Henry Highland Garnett* Henry McNeal Turner* Richard Henry Boyd* Bishop C. M. "Sweet Daddy" Grace* Vernon Johns* Elijah Muhammad* Howard Thurman* Adam Clayton Powell Jr.* Joseph E. Lowery* Malcolm X* Martin Luther King Jr.* Andrew J. younger* James L. Bevel* John Lewis* Prathia corridor Wynn* Jesse L. Jackson* Vashti Murphy McKenzie* Fredrick J. Streets* Al Sharpton* Renita J. Weems* T. D. Jakes
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Qxp 11/29/07 11:38 AM Page 30 began to attend the local Methodist church, where she was drawn to the teachings that God is within everyone. She wanted to know God’s word herself, not filtered through the minds of others, and she was frustrated that she was unable to read the Bible. At first, Isabella asked adults to read to her. But she found that they grew impatient with her requests to read the same passage several times. They also tried to explain what they were reading. She didn’t want that.
His fellow slaves could not understand why he had returned, for they were certain he was smart enough to have been able to travel north to Canada. As a child, Nat had been good-natured. But the cruelties of slavery brought about a change in his disposition. As an adult, he developed an intense hatred of all whites. The last of his three owners, Joseph Travis, was a kind man who noted Nat’s intelligence and gave him considerable responsibility and freedom. Nat enjoyed the liberties he was given, but Travis’s kindness came too late to be appreciated.
Schryver was a fisherman and also owned a tavern. qxp 11/29/07 11:38 AM Page 29 woods to make beer. He also sent her to a local shop to buy molasses. He did not beat her, and after a time she began to feel safe. But a year and a half after she went to work for Schryver, he sold her to a man named Dumont. In the Dumont household, Isabella again suffered great cruelty. Mrs. Dumont beat her unmercifully. Still, the Dumonts were more humane than the owners of Robert, a slave with whom she fell in love.