Today in the Episcopal Church, we remember the Rev. Alexander Crummell. Priest, scholar, missionary, abolitionist, and writer, he had the courage and tenacity to pursue his vocation in the Episcopal Church at a time when only white men were welcomed as priests. He finally found a home in the Diocese of Massachusetts and was ordained to the diaconate in 1842 and the priesthood in 1844. He earned a degree in Cambridge (UK) in 1853 while serving as a parish priest there, and continued on to work in Liberia before returning to the US. He is one of the founders of what is now the Union of Black Episcopalians.
|The Rev. Alexander Crummell, 1877 - http://www.episcopalarchives.org/Afro-Anglican_history/exhibit/images/leadership/orig/crummell.jpg|
The Union of Black Episcopalians offers a good biographical sketch:
From Dr. Sarah Meer, a lecturer at Cambridge University, one of Alexander Crummell's alma maters:
W.E.B. DuBois himself writes of Crummell. Here is the pertinent chapter, via YouTube audio books: