Harriet Tubman, an escaped slave who rose to become a famous abolitionist, Underground Railroad leader, and social reformer, will soon appear on the $20 bill. Deeply and charismatically religious, she was shaped all her life by Methodism.
Her white owner in eastern Maryland had a Methodist minister son whose services Tubman's family attended. That area was strongly Methodist, and some Methodists had freed their slaves, although not Tubman's owner. Tubman possibly additionally attended local congregations and camp meetings of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, some of whose revivalistic exhorters were women, who with their male colleagues sometimes skirted or defied the law by hosting gatherings for slaves.
Famously, Tubman's intense spirituality also was shaped by an early head injury from an overseer, which contributed to a lifetime of visions, out of body experiences and dramatic prophecies. Her certainty about hearing God's voice fueled her tremendous courage, leading to her escape with help from Quakers, and thereafter to many years as a leader in the Underground Railroad. more >>
NEW YORK — Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont got a rock star's greeting at Al Sharpton's National Action Network's convention in New York City Thursday and he responded in kind by stepping briefly outside his security bubble for a moment to mingle with his fans.
Sanders' arrival inside the Metropolitan Ballroom of the Sheraton Times Square on Thursday afternoon set off a wave of screams and chants of "Bernie! Bernie!" until Sharpton settled things down and told the crowd how much the senator wanted to be there.
"Senator Sanders had agreed to come on tomorrow, expected on Friday and after his agreement they called him and changed and agreed to the debate tonight. I want you to know that the advice thrown was 'you have to prep for the debate so you cannot go to the National Action Network.' He said 'no, I'm going to the National Action Network,'" Sharpton said to more cheers. "He's not in the hotel prepping." more >>
NEW YORK — With pitch perfect poise and aplomb, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton seemed to glide to the podium at the National Action Network's convention on Wednesday as the audience enveloped her in cheers.
She smiled and seemed to soak it all in like a contestant in a beauty pageant as she acknowledged the organization's founder, civil rights leader, Al Sharpton.
Shortly before her arrival, Armstrong Williams, a longtime confidante of retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who recently dropped out of the Republican presidential race had taken a shot at her. more >>
NEW YORK — Armstrong Williams, longtime confidante of retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, drew the wrath of attendees at Al Sharpton's National Action Network convention in New York City Wednesday when he was roundly booed for declaring "everything in America is not about race."
Williams, who appeared on a panel with other speakers such as John Podesta, chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, also criticized the Democratic presidential frontrunner and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, shortly before she also addressed the same crowd.
"The good thing about life is people can make many promises and we can trust them with our vote. We can trust them with our money and our time. And you get to a point where you ask yourself — who are the people benefiting from your commitment, your time and your resources?" he asked the crowd which had already began to grow restless inside the Metropolitan East Ballroom at the Sheraton Times Square. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham has backed former president Bill Clinton following a recent row with the Black Lives Matter movement over a law that sent more non-violent drug offenders to prison.
"Last night I drove by former President Bill Clinton's Presidential Library. He was in the news a few days ago when he was interrupted by demonstrators with Black Lives Matter as he was speaking. President Clinton had finally had enough and defended himself and his policies as it related to the 1994 crime bill," Graham wrote on Tuesday on his Facebook page.
"I agree with Bill Clinton — he was absolutely right. The crime bill he signed into law in 1994 put a lot of criminals behind bars where they belong," he added. more >>
WASHINGTON — Many of the nation's most influential pastors and spiritual leaders gathered at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial Saturday for UnitedCry DC16 to offer much-needed prayer for America.
The day's proceedings were called to order by the bellowing of a shofar, a horn used in ancient Jewish tradition to bring people together, as a diverse gathering of thousands of participants across denominations, ethnicities and generations braved wintry elements to act as intercessors seeking God's forgiveness and favor on behalf of the nation.
UnitedCry's emphasis on repentance, spiritual revival and empowerment called for reflection on the legacy of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and included a ceremonial foot washing for members of the King family to atone for America's past wrongs against King and the struggle for racial equality. more >>