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Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr.

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Royal Blue, Green
Favorite Food:
Cornbread, Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
West African Coast
Favorite Quote:
Stay Strong.

Birthplace

Born:
12/28/1942
Birth Location:
Mound Bayou, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Royal Blue, Green
Favorite Food:
Cornbread, Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
West African Coast
Favorite Quote:
Stay Strong.

Birthplace

Born:
12/28/1942
Birth Location:
Mound Bayou
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Biography

Activist and pastor Reverend B. Herbert Martin was born December 28, 1942, in the historic all-black town of Mound Bayou, Mississippi. He attended Mound Bayou Training School. Martin was set back in his senior year when he was severely beaten by local white thugs, and graduated from Mound Bayou High School in 1963. Martin earned a B.A. from Philander Smith College in 1967, studied at Payne Theological Seminary before receiving a master’s of divinity from Garrett Theological Seminary in 1970.

Martin served as pastor Sherman, Clair Christian, Gresham, and St. Mark United Methodist churches from 1968 to 1979. He then became the pastor of The Progressive People’s Community Center – The People’s Church where he still presides.

Martin joined the NAACP as a child under the Mississippi state leadership of Dr. T.R.M. Howard. As president and executive director of the Chicago South Side NAACP, Martin led the largest branch in the nation. He served as chairman of the Chicago Housing Authority, and as executive director of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations. Martin is active in many religious and civic activities such as the boards of Christian Laity of Chicago, One Church One Child, the Million Man March – Chicago Organizing Committee, and Operation PUSH. In 1999, Martin attempted to heal racial tensions caused by the baseball bat beating of a black youth by white teens in Chicago’s Bridgeport community.

He is probably best known as the pastor of late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. Martin lives in Chicago where he has two daughters and a son. For his outreach activities in El-Mina, Ghana he was awarded the name, Kojo Oyeadizie.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr.'s interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. talks about his mother's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. talks about the history of Mound Bayou, Mississippi, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. talks about the history of Mound Bayou, Mississippi, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. shares stories about his maternal family in Mound Bayou, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. talks about the influence of Mound Bayou, Mississippi on Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. talks about his adopted father Willie Martin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. talks about his adopted father's family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. describes his mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. talks about the mix of African American and Native American cultural traditions in his family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. remembers his calling to ministry in his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. recalls the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Mound Bayou, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. recalls the importance of music in Mound Bayou, Mississippi during his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. defines the qualities of Mississippi Delta Blues and gospel music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. recalls the activities he enjoyed growing up in Mound Bayou, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. describes the assault upon him and his best friend in 1960
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. recalls the teachers that influenced him in Mound Bayou, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. recalls his high school activities at Mound Bayou Consolidated Public School and Country Training School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. recalls the influence of Reverend T.C. Johnson at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Mound Bayou, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. describes his religious conversion experience at age nine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. describes the aftermath of the assault he experienced as a teenager
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. recalls seeing a childhood playmate initiated into a white supremacy group
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. recalls the spiritual influence of his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. explains how he entered Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. remembers his early experiences at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. recalls his first job with Methodist Youth Services in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. recalls important figures from the Civil Rights Movement that he encountered in Mound Bayou, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. talks about the importance of remembering the history of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. describes his reaction to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination in 1968
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. talks about the need to address the pain of racism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. recalls the political organizing that occurred after Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death in 1968
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. recalls his time at Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. recalls the fallout of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. talks about the loss of collaboration between the Jewish and African American communities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. talks about the divisions between African American and white ethnic communities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. remembers the development of Harold Washington's mayoral campaign in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. recalls Harold Washington's election as mayor of Chicago, Illinois in 1983
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. remembers witnessing Mayor Harold Washington's declining health
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. recalls being the pastor and friend of Mayor Harold Washington up until his death in 1987
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. remembers the aftermath of Mayor Harold Washington's death
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. describes the painful effects of Harold Washington's death upon Chicago, Illinois' African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. explains the history behind the assault on Lenard Clark and Clevon Nicholson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. describes his attempt to reconcile communities after the assault upon Lenard Clark and Cleavon Nicholson
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. remembers the interfaith service held in response to Lenard Clark and Clevon Nicholson's assault
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. describes the anger and pain he saw in the aftermath of the attack on Lenard Clark
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. explains the political motivations involved in the prosecution of Frank Caruso, Jr.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. ponders political solutions to anger
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. talks about the need for developing a "healthy paranoia"
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. explains how he became chairman of the Chicago Housing Authority
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. explains how his protest against HUD led to his dismissal as chairman of the Chicago Housing Authority
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. recalls his time as chairman of the City of Chicago Human Relations Commission
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. talks about his involvement with various community organizations in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. describes his philosophy of religion
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. talks about the challenge of enacting a philosophy of unconditional love in everyday life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. describes the need for acceptance of diverse religious beliefs
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. evaluates the mega-church phenomenon
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. describes the negative impact of mega-churches
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. describes the embrace of African traditions by African American churches
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. talks about the dangers of certain spiritual traditions
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. philosophizes about the spiritual nature of evil
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. shares memories of his trip to Ghana
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. describes his visit to El-Mina Castle in El-Mina, Ghana
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. expounds on the spiritual, cultural and natural resources of Africa
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. describes his hopes for Pan-Africanism
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. talks about his symbol of return, the Sankofa
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. considers what he would have done differently
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Reverend B. Herbert Martin, Sr. narrates his photographs, pt. 2