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Famous Blacks and Adventists

Compiled by Benjamin Baker

It’s amazing how many famous black people are, or have been, Seventh-day Adventists! The list of onetime Adventists includes a US president’s grandfather, America’s best authors, the world’s fastest person, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, the most influential civil rights leaders, the greatest rap groups of all time, the father of rock and roll and other Grammy award-winning musicians, and elite physicians. Their influence has spanned the globe and transformed our modern world. Here are more than one hundred famous blacks and their relationship to the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Musicians

Actors and Producers 

Athletes

Activists, Lawyers, and Politicians

Not Quite Adventist...

Sojourner Truth

In her long life, Truth was often around Adventists, even though she may never have actually joined the church. She was a Millerite, and eyewitnesses claimed that she was later baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church by Uriah Smith; a biography of her was published by the Review and Herald; one of her funeral services was held at the Dime Tabernacle in Battle Creek; and she is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery with other Seventh-day Adventist luminaries, including James and Ellen White.

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