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Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King

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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Minister

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Fish, Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
There's Always A Way Out Of No Way.

Birthplace

Born:
8/26/1930
Birth Location:
Houston, Texas

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Minister

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Fish, Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
There's Always A Way Out Of No Way.

Birthplace

Born:
8/26/1930
Birth Location:
Houston
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Biography

Minister and founder of the Hillside Chapel and Truth Center, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia, the Reverend Dr. Barbara Lewis King has played an important role in the African American church and community for many years. Born in Houston, Texas, King was raised as a member of the legendary Antioch Baptist Church, where she received a very early spiritual orientation. King earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in sociology from Texas Southern University. She is also a professionally trained social worker, having earned a M.S.W. degree from Atlanta University. King has also received three honorary doctorates of divinity degrees from Bethune Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida, the Christian Church of Universal Philosophy in Seattle, Washington, and the University of Metaphysics in Portland, Oregon.

Reverend King is also the founder and president of the Barbara King School of Ministry, which was opened its doors in 1971. She has also tried to extend her ministry throughout the world. She has traveled extensively in the United States, and several countries abroad including Finland, Israel, Egypt, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, the Caribbean, Brazil, Russia, England, and British Guiana. Because of this, her ministry was the first African American New Thought affiliate to establish a sister church in South Africa in 1994. Beyond her ministry, King is the author of seven books and monologues, such as Piddlin for the Soul, Love Your Body Temple, and What is a Miracle?

King has been recognized in numerous publications and is the recipient of many awards. Some publications include: Newsweek, Essence, Dollars and Sense, Focus, Upscale, and Gospel Music Ministry Connection Magazines. In 2003, Savoy Magazine’s Power Issue of 100 Most Influential Blacks in America listed Reverend King as number eight among female ministers. On August 18, 2001, King received the highest honor bestowed on a woman. After many rituals, prayers, and ceremonies she became the first female enstooled as a Chief at Assin Nsuta, Ghana, West Africa. Her stool name is Nana Yaa Twunmwaa I. She is also the mother of one son, Michael.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King talks about her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King recalls meeting her mother for the first time when she was thirteen years old
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King describes her estranged relationship with her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King remembers her mother's death
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King recalls stories from her paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King talks about her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King tells stories she heard from her paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King remembers rewards she was given by family members as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King talks about her lineage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King describes celebrations and pastimes in her childhood household
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King talks about her paternal grandmother's involvement in the Baptist church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King recalls giving her first sermon when she was fifteen years old
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King recalls being told she could not be a minister due to her gender
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King recalls her miraculous recovery from tuberculosis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King explains how she enrolled at Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King remembers her childhood neighborhood in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King recalls attending Edgar M. Gregory Elementary School in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King describes the sounds, sights and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King describes herself as a young student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King recalls how she stopped other children from beating her up after school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King describes how she was treated by other children
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King recalls her time in the tuberculosis sanitarium before returning to Texas State University for Negroes in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King considers how she might have contracted tuberculosis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King recalls going to see Ray Charles perform in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King describes her path to social work and persistent church involvement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 16 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King describes her social work in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King remembers her experience as a Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King remembers meeting HistoryMaker Reverend Dr. Johnnie Colemon and being inspired to preach
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King recalls her experiences as a social worker
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King explains how social work prepared her for ministry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King describes being called to ministry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King remembers resistance she encountered as a woman in ministry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King reflects on the importance of stories
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King recalls being in a scary situation as a young woman at a party
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King shares her wish for young people to learn about their African heritage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King describes the congregation at Hillside International Chapel and Truth Center in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King recalls her journey to see Nelson Mandela's inauguration, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King recalls her journey to see Nelson Mandela's inauguration, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King recalls her journey to see Nelson Mandela's inauguration, pt. 3
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King recalls being honored as a chief during a trip to Ghana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King reflects on her spirituality
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King describes the New Thought philosophy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King reflects on denominations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King talks about her writing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King remembers her baccalaureate speech at Spelman College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King offers advice to young people
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King reflects upon taking care of herself
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King describes her plans for the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King explains why she thinks history is important
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Barbara L. King narrates her photographs