Happy birthday, Reverdy C. Ransom (Jan. 4, 1861 – April 22, 1959)! African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) minister and bishop. Civil rights activist. Socialist. Oberlin alum. Lost his scholarship to Oberlin after protesting the segregation of the Ladies Dining Hall. Transferred to Wilberforce University where he graduated in 1886. Advocate of “Social Gospel socialism.” Pioneer of the “Black Social Gospel.” Early advocate for Black consciousness and “pride of race.” In 1900 he founded the Institutional Church and Social Settlement (ICSS) on the south side of Chicago. In 1905 he joined the Niagara Movement. In 1913 he founded a social outreach mission called the Church of Simon of Cyrene in one of New York City’s worst neighborhoods, the so-called “Tenderloin” district. (The mission was located on W. 37th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues.) Buried in Massies Creek Cemetery, Cedarville, Ohio.
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Heroes Series.