Lights of the Spirit: Historical Portraits of Black Bahá'ís in North America, 1898-2004

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Gwendolyn Etter-Lewis, Richard Thomas, Richard Walter Thomas
Baha'i Publishing Trust, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 338 pages
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Black Baha is in North America represent a wide range of humanity, from the unknown to the famous, the wealthy and the working class. Lights of the Spirit tells the powerful stories of butler Robert Turner, Broadway actress Dorothy Champ, attorney Louis Gregory, jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie, poet Robert Hayden, Canadian singer Eddie Elliot, and others. What attracted Blacks in North America to the Baha'i Faith? Who were they? What roles did they play within the Baha'i Faith and within their respective African-American communities? The answers to these questions and more are answered through historical documents, oral histories, letters, diaries, journals, and essays.
  

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Contents

AfricanAmericans and
19
AfricanAmerican Women and
49
AfricanAmerican Women
69
Introduction
167
An Historical Review
175
Social Basis of World Unity
203
Racial Amity
209
A Story of the Long Ago
217
The Spiritual Heritage of AfricanAmericans
245
Heroines of the Faith
251
Sadie Rebecca Johnson Ellis
265
Arrival in Haifa March 11 1927
277
18771939
283
Notes
289
Bibliography
315
Index
323

The Negro as a World Citizen
229
Votes for Mothers
235

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Richard Thomas is one of America's most highly gifted, versatile, and respected actors. A veteran of over forty years in entertainment, he is renowned for his Emmy Award-winning portrayal of John-boy on "The Waltons" and has appeared in dozens of television movies, feature films, and theatrical productions.

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