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Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Leader
American History Professor
Minister

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Maroon
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Orlando, Florida
Favorite Quote:
I Can Do All Things Through Christ That Strengthens Me

Birthplace

Born:
10/7/1928
Birth Location:
Birmingham, Alabama

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Leader
American History Professor
Minister

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Maroon
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Orlando, Florida
Favorite Quote:
I Can Do All Things Through Christ That Strengthens Me

Birthplace

Born:
10/7/1928
Birth Location:
Birmingham
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Biography

Reverend Abraham Lincoln Woods, Jr. was born on October 7, 1928 to Maggie and Abraham Woods, Sr. in Birmingham, Alabama. Woods attended Parker High School and was given a scholarship to attend Morehouse College. Completing one year at Morehouse, Woods became ill and returned home. During this time, he acknowledged his call to the ministry. Woods received his B.A. degree in theology from the Birmingham Baptist College, his B.A. degree in sociology from Miles College in Birmingham, and his M.A. degree in American history from the University of Alabama. He also completed all the credits needed for his Ph.D.

Woods became a charter member of the Alabama Christian Movement and served as the vice president alongside Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth. He served as the director for the Miles College Voter Registration Project and would later become President of the Birmingham Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

Woods led the first sit-in at a department store in Birmingham and was jailed for five days. In the summer of 1963, he worked for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as the deputy director for the Southeast and helped to mobilize the historic March on Washington. He was often asked to speak on behalf of Dr. King because of his oratorical skills.

Woods would later recruit African Americans, especially those with prior military police experience to take the exam for the Birmingham Police Department. He and Dr. Jonathan McPherson assisted them in preparing for the test.

In 1968, Woods was the first African American to teach American history at the University of Alabama. He lectured on Dr. King’s non-violent and conflict resolution philosophy. Woods served for forty years as a faculty member at Miles College. He retired in 2002, and Miles College conferred upon him the Doctorate of Humane Letters.

Woods has been the pastor of St. Joseph’s Baptist Church in Birmingham for thirty-seven years. He is a member of the Trustee Board of Birmingham Bible College, the Baptist Ministers’ Conference, the United States Capital Historical Society and Phi Delta Kappa.

Woods passed away on November 7, 2008 at age 80.

Woods was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 23, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr.'s interview, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. describes his parents' relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. describes his childhood home
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls his family's financial difficulties
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. remembers his family's eviction, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls his grandmother's bootlegging
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. remembers his family's eviction, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. remembers the East Thomas School in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls gang activity during his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls the Lincoln School in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls A.H. Parker High School in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls attending Atlanta's Morehouse College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. remembers Benjamin Mays
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls his aspirations at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. remembers working at The Varsity
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. describes his religious education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls Birmingham Baptist College in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls joining the faculty of Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. remembers meeting his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls being courted by his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. remembers being dismissed by a jealous supervisor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. remembers his call to the ministry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls founding the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. describes his role in the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. remembers Colonel Stone Johnson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls the wrongful arrest of Montgomery preachers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls the bombing of Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth's home
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. remembers desegregating the buses in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls the ousting of Bull Connor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls leading his first sit-in
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. remembers being arrested at sit-ins
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls being assigned to manual labor in jail
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. remembers registering voters at Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls the civil rights activities at Miles College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. remembers the University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls the student march in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. lists his children
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls the impact of the student march in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. remembers Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth's hospitalization
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. remembers organizing the March on Washington
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls the crowd at the March on Washington
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. describes the I Have A Dream speech
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr.'s interview, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls the impact of the March on Washington
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls being hired at Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls directing a voting education project
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls his decision to attend graduate school
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls studying at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls teaching at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. describes his organizational involvement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. talks about the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. talks about other civil rights organizations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls the SCLC's partner organizations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. describes the surveillance of civil rights activists
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. remembers the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls the arrest of child protestors
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls the first boycott in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls the activists at Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. remembers the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls the aftermath of the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls the mayoral election of Albert Boutwell
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. remembers Birmingham official David Vann
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls his SCLC chapter presidency
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. remembers the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. remembers Bloody Sunday
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls the police shooting in Hueytown, Alabama
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. remembers Bonita Carter's death, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. remembers Bonita Carter's death, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. remembers David Vann's position on Bonita Carter's murder
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls organizing a march for Bonita Carter
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls asking Richard Arrington, Jr. to run for mayor
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. describes Richard Arrington, Jr.'s mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls the mayoralty of Richard Arrington, Jr.
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls advocating for Maggie Bozeman and Julia Wilder
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls Reverend Jesse L. Jackson's presidential bid
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls segregation at the Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. remembers being sued by George Sands
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls integrating the Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing investigation
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing trials
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls the convictions of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombers
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls creating the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. recalls creating the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 10 Story: 9 - Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. shares a message to future generations