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Adams (1882-1978) was a literature evangelist for more than 40 years, and was publishing director for the South Central Conference.
Albury (1953-2006) was a Bahamian minister and administrator.
Anderson (1911-1993) was a minister and government minister who fought for equal rights in the Adventist Church.
Baker (1931-2012) was a longtime Bible worker and one of the first women ordained as an elder in California.
Baldwin (1903-2000) was an educator for nearly 75 years; The Rosetta C. Baldwin Historical African-American Museum in High Point, North Carolina, is named in her honor.
Banfield (1892-1985) was a minister and administrator, the charter treasurer of Allegheny Conference and father of W.S. Banfield.
Banfield (1922-2006) was a prominent minister, administrator, and civil rights activist.
Baptiste (1938-2019) was the longest-serving executive secretary of the North American Division (1990-2002), before taking the position of general vice president at the General Conference from 2002 to 2005.
Barr (1814-1864) was a Sabbatarian leader and the first Seventh-day Adventist minister of color.
Battle (1927-2010) was a longtime minister, missionary, administrator, and an associate secretary of the world church.
Battle (1887-1964) was an early literature evangelist and father of Maurice T. Battle.
Beale (1909-1989) was a minister, educator, and theologian, for many years at Oakwood University.
Benn (1929-2014) was a longtime educator and president of the University of Southern Caribbean.
Blackmon (1921-2009) was a musician, educator, and humanitarian who directed the Oakwood Aeolians for twelve years.
Blake (1877-1917) was a pioneering minister, missionary, and physician, and husband of Lottie Blake.
Blake (1876-1976) was a pioneering physician, hospital administrator, medical missionary, and educator.
Bland (1908-1975) was a minister and administrator, the second black General Conference vice president.
Bland (1893-1953) was a minister and administrator, the first president of Northeastern Conference.
Bliss (1924-2016) was an educator who taught at Oakwood University for more than thirty years.
Bontemps (1902-1973) was a world-renowned author and leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance.
Booth (1913-2010) was a music teacher at Oakwood University who led a prison ministry for 54 years.
Bowles (1761-1843) was an iterant Baptist minister in New England (mainly Vermont) in the first half of the nineteenth century and may have been a Millerite.
Branch (1858-1913) and her husband Thomas and daughter Mable were the first blacks to serve as missionaries to Africa by the Seventh-day Adventists.
Webb (1878-1945) was the first black public school teacher in the state of Colorado and she, along with her parents, Thomas and Henrietta Branch, were the first black missionaries sent to Africa by Seventh-day Adventists.
Branch (1856-1924) and his wife Henrietta and daughter Mable were the first blacks to serve as missionaries to Africa by the Seventh-day Adventist denomination.
Brantley (1913-2014) was the daughter of Lottie and David Blake and a lifelong educator.
Britton (1855-1925) was a pioneer physician, educator, humanitarian and civil rights activist.
C.D. Brooks (1930-2016) was one of the most successful evangelists of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and as speaker-director of Breath of Life Ministries for twenty-three years was a trailblazer of religious media.
C.L. Brooks (1923-1989) was a pastor, educator, departmental administrator, and acclaimed musician.
Brooks (1932-2019) was a lifelong educator and school administrator; wife of C.D. Brooks and daughter of J.H. Wagner, Sr.
Broomes (1936-2021) was a prominent psychiatrist.
Browne (1883-1966) was a pioneer missionary to Sierra Leone.
Bryan (1894-1981) was a teacher and nurse, and the first black woman to serve as a General Conference departmental officer.
Bryant (1877-1909) was the first black Adventist to author a book and the first black to earn a law degree from the University of Colorado.
Buckner (1860-1924) was an early minister.
Burrell (1895-1990) was a longtime teacher, principal, department chair, professor, and residential dean.
Byard's (1877-1943) refusal for treatment at an Adventist hospital was a catalyst for the organization of regional conferences in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Carter (1925-1999) was a minister, missionary, administrator, and the first black president of a North American Union Conference.
Cheatham (1942-2015) was a community organizer, administrator, and educator.
Chiles (1860-1930) was a lawyer, civil rights activist, and lay Adventist minister, who argued a segregation case before the US Supreme Court in 1907.
Cleveland (1921-2003) was a pianist and Bible instructor, partnering with her husband E.E. Cleveland in bringing many thousands of people to faith.
Cleveland (1921-2009) was preeminent in Adventist public evangelism during the second half of the twentieth century, and trained thousands of pastors, Bible instructors, and ministerial students in evangelistic methods.
Cleveland (1945-2011) was an editor.
Cooper (1924-2012) was a scientist, educator, and administrator, serving in numerous positions at Oakwood University from 1948-1992.
Cox (1885-1961) was a longtime minister, evangelist, and administrator.
Crichlow (1865-1963) was a minister and early leader of the black Adventist work.
Crowe (1914-2018) was a cofounder of the first regional conference, Lake Region Conference, and was a treasurer there and for South Central Conference.
Cunningham (1878-1963) was a faculty member and administrator at Oakwood University for more than fifty years.
Dasent (1879-1954) was an early minister and administrator, the first president of the Lake Region Conference
Dawson (1903-1988) was a custodian, church deacon, and educational humanitarian.
Dent (1915-1995) was a missionary and pioneering physician, for 37 years chief of staff at Riverside Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.
DeShay (1933-2019) was a physician, missionary, and administrator.
Dixon (1929-2014) served Oakwood University for approximately 40 years in various capacities, including secretary/administrative assistant, director of student employment, director of alumni affairs, and director of the museum and archives.
Dorsey (1840-1926) was an early Adventist in Coshocton County, Ohio, and helped grow the Adventist Church in the region.
Sprague (1839-1906) was a civil rights activist and assistant to her father Frederick Douglass.
Dudley (1927-2010) was a minister, civil rights activist, and longest-serving conference president.
Dykes (1893-1986) was the first black woman to complete requirements for a Ph.D., founder of the Oakwood Aeolians, and a longtime educator.
Dykes (1919-1990) was a minister, author, administrator, and educator.
Earle (1918-2018) was a minister and administrator, the president of Northeastern Conference from 1966-1983.
Earle (1922-2018) was an educator and educational administrator.
Emanuel (1898-1976) was an educator for almost fifty years.
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Felder (1943-2018) was an economist for the US government, consultant, and educator.
Fordham (1911-1998) was a minister, evangelist, administrator, and author.
Foster (1940-2019) was a renowned musician and social worker.
Foy (1818-1893) was a black Free Will Baptist minister who had religious visions and shared them at Millerite gatherings from 1842-1845. Seventh-day Adventists hold that he was the first of three individuals to receive divine visions during this period, followed by Hazen Foss and Ellen G. White.
Goulbourne (1928-2011) was a minister and administrator, president of Bermuda Conference (1977-1986) and secretary of Atlantic Union (1986-1996).
Green (1874-1971) was an educator who cofounded Voorhees College, a historically black liberal arts college in Denmark, South Carolina.
Green (1871-1928) was a lawyer and minister who was the first black to lead the North American Negro Department (1918-1928).
Griffiths (1934-1990) was a minister, educator, and administrator, the first black dean of the graduate school at Loma Linda University and an associate director of the Education Department at the General Conference.
Hands (1929-2002) was a longtime Bible instructor, mostly in Connecticut and the Northeastern Conference.
Hale (1927-2011) was an educator, activist, and administrator, the fifth president of Oakwood University a vice provost at The Ohio State University from 1971-1988.
Hardy (c. 1822-1890) and her husband William were among the earliest black Seventh-day Adventists.
Hardy (1823-1888) was an early Adventist lay leader and the first black elected officer in Michigan.
Harris (1906-1997) worked for orphans and marginalized youth for the span of the twentieth century and earned the President's Volunteer Action Award from President George H.W. Bush in 1989.
Henri (1912-2002) was a minister, missionary, and administrator, a vice president of the General Conference from 1973 to 1980.
Henri (1922-2019) was a missionary and educator, wife of C. Dunbar Henri.
Howard (1861-1936) was a physician, government minister, and humanitarian.
Howard (1955-2019) served as secretary of the North American Division, president of Mid-America Union, and a vice president of Adventist Health System.
Hudson (1912-1966) was a pastor, evangelist, and administrator.
Humphrey (1922-2010) was a minister and administrator.
Humphrey (1877-1952) was a prominent early black minister and evangelist who defected from the church in 1929 and started the Sabbath-Day Adventists in New York City.
Irons (d. 1950) was a minister and administrator.
Jacobs (1911-2011) was the manager of agriculture at Oakwood University for more than two decades.
Johnson (1932-1987) was a physician and aerospace medical pioneer.
Joiner (1935-2015) was a minister and administrator.
Jones (1926-2007) was a minister, architect, and treasurer, serving as associate secretary at the General Conference from 1977-1990.
Justiss (1919-1978) was a minister, educator, and one of the first to publish a history of black Adventism.
Keith (1937-2017) was a missionary and treasurer, serving as associate treasurer of the General Conference from 1995-2005.
Kibble (1908-1983) was a pastor, evangelist, and administrator for more than fifty years.
Kinney (1855-1951) was a pioneering black minister often referred to as the Father of Black Adventism.
Knight (1874-1972) was the first black woman missionary to serve in India, a nurse, educator, and administrator.
Laurence (1885-1987) was a pioneering Caribbean evangelist and pastor who worked primarily across the American South.
Lee (1903-1970) was an internationally renowned lyric soprano soloist and educator.
Little (1897-1989) was a civil rights activist and mother of Malcolm X.
Lowe (c. 1828-1908) pastored the first black Adventist church in Edgefield Junction (Nashville), Tennessee, which he cofounded in 1883.
Malcolm (1934-2018) was an educator and administrator, most notably at Oakwood University.
Martin (1931-2018) was an award-winning journalist who helped bring about racial parity in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Marshall (1936-2018) was an educator and administrator, the first woman and first woman of color to be named associate director of education at the Southern Union.
McNichols (1902-1987) was a charter member and deaconess for 40 years at the Mizpah SDA Church in Gary, Indiana.
Millett (1913-2008) was a minister and educator who served as fifth president of Oakwood University.
Millett (1916-2008) was the first lady of Oakwood University from 1954 to 1963, and was a longtime personal assistant to her husband, Garland Millett, H.D. Singleton, and W.W. Fordham.
Minisee (1785-1875) was an early black landowner in Michigan and one of the first black Seventh-day Adventists.
Moran (1894-1972) was a pioneer of black Seventh-day Adventist education who served as the founding principal of Harlem and Pine Forge academies, as well as the first black president of Oakwood University.
Moran (1904-1967) was an educator and wife of J.L. Moran, the first lady of Oakwood from 1932-1945.
Morgan (1917-2007) was a civil rights activist who won the case Morgan v. Commonwealth of Virginia, in which the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed racial segregation in interstate passenger travel.
Moseley (1906-2001) was a pastor, educator, administrator, and musician for more than sixty years.
Mullett (1929-2013) was an educator and educational administrator.
Mulraine (1930-2017) was a longtime English professor.
Mulzac (1963-2008) was a minister, theologian, and educator.
Murphy (1912-1993) was a minister and evangelist who served as the founding president of South Central Conference.
Newton (1930-2009) was a minister, missionary, and administrator of almost fifty years.
Norman (1925-2017) was an accountant/comptroller and faculty member of the Business Department at Oakwood University for almost three decades.
Padgett-Roache established an accredited nursing program at Oakwood University.
Partridge (1923-2009) was a lifelong educator and educational administrator, holding posts at a dozen institutions, including Oakwood University, Loma Linda University, and UCLA.
Patterson (1857-1922) was the first black to serve as a foreign missionary in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, going to Jamaica in 1892.
Paytee (1929-2015) was a minister, educator, and administrator, onetime president and treasurer of the Southern California Conference.
Pearson (1826-) was an early physician and educator in Birmingham, Alabama.
Pearson (1892-1978) was a longtime dean at Oakwood University and principal of Shiloh Academy in Chicago, Illinois.
Pearson (1945-2020) was a minister and evangelist, the second director/speaker of Breath of Life Ministries from 1997-2010.
Peterson (1893-1969) was one of the most important black church leaders of the twentieth century, and was the first black General Conference vice president.
Peters (1883-1965) was a minister and administrator, and one of the most important black Adventist leaders in the first half of the twentieth century.
Pierre-Louis was a musician and educator who directed the Oakwood Aeolians.
Pinkney (1903-1981) was a minister, educator, and the sixth president of Oakwood University.
Powe-Hyman (1931-2010) was an educator and community activist, founder of Temple University's Pan African Studies Community Education Program (PASCEP).
Powell (1923-2009) was an army chaplain, minister, civil rights activist, and educator.
Rashford (1908-1982) was a community organizer, civil rights activist, and educator.
Reaves (1930-2013) was an educator and musician.
Reynolds (1917-1983) was a minister, administrator, author, and editor, the first black editor of Message in 1945.
Richards (1912-1995) was a minister, musician and educator who primarily served at Oakwood University.
Robinson (1936-1994) was a prominent education administrator and social worker in Chicago.
Robinson (1942-2009) was a pastor and evangelist.
Rock (1931-2018) was a musician and pioneering archivist.
Rodgers (1885-1961) was a leading urban evangelist for forty years and a leading voice in the struggle for black equality within the church.
Rowe (1893-1979) was a prominent pastor and administrator, and the first president of the Central States Conference.
Saunders (1929-2016) was an educator and administrator, for many years at Oakwood University.
Scales (1935-2017) was a minister, evangelist, and administrator, serving as ministerial director of the North American Division from 1986-1997.
Scales (1915-2010) was a literature evangelist and public evangelist.
Sebastian (1871-1962) was a pioneer black minister in the Southern United States.
Seeney (1865-1925) was an early Adventist minister.
Shaw (1929-2018) was an educator who served as president of Shaw University from 1987-2002.
Sheafe (1859-1938) was an early black Adventist minister and civil rights activist who ultimately defected from the church.
Shurney (1921-2007) was an engineer and inventor at NASA for almost thirty years.
Simons (1918-1998) was a pastor, missionary, public relations officer, and administrator for more than forty years.
Singleton (1908-2010) was a minister, editor, church administrator, and a charter regional conference president.
Smith (1953-2008) was a musician, photographer, graphic designer, and public relations specialist.
Spears (1912-2013) was an evangelist renowned for his memorization and recitation of Scriptures.
Stafford (1946-2016) was a minister, evangelist, and administrator.
Stachan (1875-1950) was an early minister and administrator.
Sumpter (1935-2013) was a minister and administrator, his final post as executive secretary of the Southern Union.
Temple (1892-1984) was the first black graduate from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, the first black female physician licensed to practice in California, and a lifelong public health crusader.
Thomas (1883-1967) was a minister and administrator, mainly in the Southern United States.
Thomas (1929-2015) was a linguist, educator, and humanitarian of Adventism in Africa.
Tottress (1917-2019) was a minister, radio personality, and theology professor at Oakwood University.
Troy (1927-2014) was a minister and the first communication director for the North American Division from 1980 to 1995.
Troy (1899-1962) was a minister, media innovator, administrator, and civil rights activist.
Troy (1905-1987) was a longtime clerk of the Oakwood College Church, sister of Arna Bontemps, wife of Owen Troy, Sr., and mother of Owen Troy, Jr.
Vance (1913-2015) was an educator, broadcaster, social worker, and organizer.
Wade (1898-1995) was a pioneer educator and residence hall dean at Oakwood University.
Wagner (1902-1962) was a minister and administrator, the first president of South Atlantic Conference.
Ward (1924-2004) was a renowned pastor and evangelist.
Warren (1920-1988) was the business manager of Oakwood University and Riverside Sanitarium for more than four decades.
West (1816-1868) was one of the first Seventh-day Adventist ministers of color.
Westney (1928-2016) was a physician and medical administrator.
Williams (1938-2015) was a missionary and educator.
Willis (1914-2001) was a longtime literature evangelist and the associate publishing director of the General Conference from 1975-1985.
Woodfork (1921-2019) was a longtime minister, evangelist, and administrator.
Woods (1945-2016) was an educator and education administrator.
Wright (1926-1992) was a prolific gospel music writer, singer, pianist, and arranger.
Wright (1935-2009) was a civil servant, minister, and administrator, president of Lake Union from 2003-2008.