African Americans in Unity

Here are seven profiles (six with pictures) of African Americans who contributed to the growth of Unity in the early years: Ruth Cox, James Elliot, Henrietta Gorden, Courtnay Johnson, Helen Mouton, Corine Smith, Frieda Ann Whitfeld.

The contributions of these seven people are modest compared to the better-known contributions of Johnnie Colemon, Ruth Mosley and Barbara King. But I believe that the story of these seven unknown African Americans is more important than those of their better-known counterparts and I also believe that the story of African Americans in Unity really hasn't yet been told. Let me explain what I mean ...

The story that has been written until now about African-Americans in Unity is how white leadership in Unity treated African Americans. But we don't have the story of why African Americans were attracted to the Unity message in the first place. The story we have about Johnnie Colemon, Ruth Mosley and Barbara King is about Unity leadership; it isn't about the success of these women nor about the the affinity that African Americans had to the Unity message which led to the success of Colemon, Mosley and King. That is the story which remains to be written ....

What I can do at TruthUnity is to collect primary source material and make it available for those who are qualified to write.

I am inviting those who have stories and photographs of early African-American Unity teachers and ministers to send them to me so that those stories are available here.