Tag: Race

Donaldson, Louise Sackett (1897-1982)
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Donaldson, Louise Sackett (1897-1982)

Michigan Advocate for Human Rights Louise Donaldson is remembered for her involvement in human rights issues. In Dearborn, Michigan, she founded a local Council on Human Rights, and was instrumental in the desegregation of every restaurant in her community. She worked with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom to register black voters in...

Hartzel, Jennie (1846-??)
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Hartzel, Jennie (1846-??)

Pioneer Missionary among Freedwomen and Girls Jennie Hartzel began work among the freedwomen in New Orleans in 1876. Her work was approved by officials of the Methodist Episcopal Church and reported through the Freedman’s Aid Society. With Bishop Wiley and Dr. and Mrs. R.S. Rust, she raised funds; and a school with three teachers was...

Johnson, Carrie Parks (c1866-1929)
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Johnson, Carrie Parks (c1866-1929)

Outstanding Proponent of Human Rights for Women and Persons of all Races Born in Georgia, Carrie Parks Johnson grew up in a family of Methodist ministers and became an outstanding proponent of human rights for women and persons of all races. From 1899 until her death, she was actively engaged in promoting conference work, programs...

Bethune, Mary McLeod (1875-1955)
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Bethune, Mary McLeod (1875-1955)

Education and Equality: The Work of Mary McLeod Bethune “Invest in the human soul,” Mary McLeod Bethune declared. “Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.” And invest Bethune did. This incredibly accomplished public servant founded the school that became Bethune-Cookman College as well as a training school for nurses, advised the White House,...

Goodwin, John Charles (1941 – 2017)
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Goodwin, John Charles (1941 – 2017)

Mission Photojournalist John C. Goodwin began taking photographs for publication in 1960 at age 19. In the 1960s and 70s, he actively photographed aspects of the civil-rights and antiwar movements. His first photographs to appear in World Outlook magazine, General Board of Global Ministries, were published in 1968. From 1966 to 1974, John worked as...

Bennett, Belle Harris
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Bennett, Belle Harris

Called to Justice “The field is wide, the need is great. God loves us. Let us do the work he has committed to our hands, and let us be much in prayer for wisdom and guidance.”  —Belle Harris Bennett, from an address to the Woman’s Missionary Council, c. 1920 Belle Harris Bennett, born to a...

Mathews, James K. (1913-2010)
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Mathews, James K. (1913-2010)

Bishop with a Passion for Mission United Methodist Bishop James K. Mathews had a lifelong passion for mission and evangelism across his long life of 97 years. The son-in-law of noted evangelist E. Stanley Jones, Mathews traveled the world as a Methodist missionary. He made more than 60 trips to India, 28 to Africa, 16...

Hoover, Theressa
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Hoover, Theressa

First African-American woman mission executive; mentor to many women Theressa Hoover was the first and she made sure she was not the last. The first African-American woman to become a top staff executive for The United Methodist Church was a mentor to many young women, promoted the leadership of laywomen and engineered a secure future...