Black History Month: Unrecognized Historic African-American Figures Series pt.4

Vanessa Roachè

Black History month is a celebration and remembrance of Black excellence. It is held in the month of February, and is observed (recognized) by the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, and the Netherlands. In this month, we remember all of the African-American figures that contributed to make society what it is today. From well-known public figures such as Martin Luther King to obscure people such as Noble Drew Ali, the founder of the Moorish Science Temple of America in Newark, N.J. It is imperative to remember all of the unrecognized lives that contributed to our ‘freedom’ today.
Part four of our series….
Henry McNeal Turner  (Feb. 1, 1834 – May 8, 1915)

” Turner was a minister, politician, and the first Southern bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Born free in South Carolina, he moved to Georgia after the American Civil War, where he pioneered in organizing new congregations for the independent Black denomination.
Angered by the Democrats’ regaining power and instituting Jim Crow laws in the late 19th-century South, Turner began to support Black nationalism and the emigration of Blacks to Africa.
He was the chief figure in the late 19th century to promote the movement, which expanded after World War I.”