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February 25, 2021

--By Jill D. Snider, author of Lucean Arthur Headen: The Making of a Black Inventor and Entrepreneur

On a Sunday morning in December 1917, Lucean Arthur Headen rose to address the congregation of Harlem’s St. James Presbyterian Church. Recently returned from a six-week trip abroad, undertaken to demonstrate to the British Admiralty the “Headen system of...

February 11, 2021

On February 4, Dr. Kimberly D. Hill joined PHS Executive Director Nancy Taylor for a conversation about her new book, A Higher Mission: The Careers of Alonzo and Althea Brown Edmiston in Central Africa. 

The Edmistons joined the American Presbyterian Congo Mission in the early twentieth century and served into the 1930s. They were part of the Black Missionary Movement at the turn of the century that grew out of newly established Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in...

February 8, 2021

--originally published in Presbyterian Heritage, Spring 2020

On May 27, 1970, fasting commissioners at the 182nd General Assembly of the UPCUSA in Chicago assigned their meal money—$5,178.60—to the newly created National Committee on the Self-Development of People.

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February 3, 2021

PHS is pleased to announce progress in an inter-institutional effort to publish the personal records of the founding voice of Womanist/feminist/mujerista theology, Katie Geneva Cannon. This week, records belonging to the Center for Womanist Leadership at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, were transferred here for imaging.

The ultimate aim of our work is to represent in a single online...

January 15, 2021
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Fifth General Synod of the United Church of Christ., 1965. Pearl ID: 143453

There are a plethora of items in our collection that relate to racial justice, and to the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today we are choosing to highlight Dr. King’s sermon, "...

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