Reverdy C. Ransom
Reverdy Cassius Ransom (1861-1959) was a civil rights leader and social reform advocate who was a contemporary of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois. In 1905, Ransom joined the Niagara Movement organized by W.E.B. Dubois, William Monroe Trotter and other prominent African American leaders of the time. The following year, Ransom co-founded and was the featured speaker at the second Niagara Movement meeting held in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. This organizing was the forerunner to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Ransom was the forty-eighth bishop of the AME Church (active from 1924-1952). And as with many African American activists, Ransom endured persecution for his beliefs and approach to achieving racial equality. He used his platforms to speak out against oppression, poverty, and the harsh despair and lynchings that African Americans suffered.
The symposium will feature three distinguished scholars who will explore Ransom's life, ministry, influence, the AME Church, and the resulting Black Social Gospel movement.
Dr. Gary Dorrien is Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary
Dr. Anthony B. Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religion at Rice University
Dr. Calvin S. Morris - Retired Executive Director, Chicago's Community Renewal Society
|Prices:||Admission Free, Donations accepted |
|Location:||African American Museum|