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Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Activist
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Spinach, Beans
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
I'm Still Ahead Of The Posse.

Birthplace

Born:
1/13/1931
Birth Location:
Savannah, Georgia

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Activist
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Spinach, Beans
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
I'm Still Ahead Of The Posse.

Birthplace

Born:
1/13/1931
Birth Location:
Savannah
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Biography

Pastor and activist Reverend Herbert Daughtry was born January 13, 1931, in Savannah, Georgia to Emmie Cheatham Williams and Bishop Alonzo Austin Daughtry. When he was one year old, his family moved to Augusta, Georgia. His parents separated shortly after, and his mother returned to Savannah. Daughtry moved back and forth between Savannah and Augusta as a child. His father was heavily involved in the church and Daughtry was raised in a household dominated by this religious upbringing.

When Daughtry was around eleven years old, his family moved north to Brooklyn, New York, and shortly after to Jersey City, New Jersey. Daughtry had trouble adjusting to the interracial classes in Jersey City and returned to take classes in Brooklyn. As a black child from the South, Daughtry found himself a frequent target of derision from his peers, both black and white. In response, Daughtry became regularly disruptive in school, and eventually fell into a decade-long struggle with gambling, crime and drug use. In 1950, Daughtry, hoping to get clean, joined the army, but remained strung out on heroin and was discharged after only a year.

In 1953, Daughtry was imprisoned for armed robbery and assault charges. While in prison, he experienced a religious conversion that changed his life. When he was released, Daughtry returned to the church, becoming a fourth generation minister in his family. In 1958, he became pastor of the House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn, and was named national presiding minister a year later, a post he has held ever since. In 1962, Daughtry married Karen Smith, with whom he would have four children. In the late 1960s, Reverend Daughtry became known for his activism in the struggle for school integration, and worked with organizations such as Operation Breadbasket. He became a significant figure in the Coalition of Concerned Leaders and Citizens to Save Our Jobs in 1977, boycotting Brooklyn businesses in order to obtain jobs and services for Brooklyn African Americans.

In 1982, Daughtry founded the African People’s Christian Organization, which sought to create an African Christian nation by highlighting both African origins and biblical teachings. Two years later, Daughtry became a special assistant to Reverend Jesse Jackson during his presidential campaign and accompanied him on his trip to the Vatican to advocate for a firmer stand on human rights. In 1991, Daughtry participated in Mayor David N. Dinkins’ delegation to South Africa, and met with Nelson and Winnie Mandela.

Reverend Daughtry has published several books. His 1997 book, No Monopoly on Suffering: Blacks and Jews in Crown Heights and Elsewhere dealt with the 1991 crisis in ethnic tensions in that neighborhood. He also published A Seed Planted in Stone - The Life and Times of Tupac Shakur, a book that follows his relationship with the slain rapper, who joined Daughtry’s congregation when he was only eleven years old. In 2003, Daughtry led a delegation of multi-faith protesters to Iraq, in a last-ditch effort to preserve peace in that nation. Daughtry lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Karen.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes his mother's upbringing and education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry recalls lessons from his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry remembers his parents' separation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes his father's career as a minister
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry talks about his parents' marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes his paternal family's migration to Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes the neighborhood where he grew up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes the changes in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry recalls the Florance Street School in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry recalls stealing from the grocery store where he worked
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry shares his reason for stealing food from his employer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes the African American community in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes his father's role in the community of Augusta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry recalls the growth of his father's church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry talks about his father's split from Charles Manuel "Sweet Daddy" Grace
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry recalls his aspiration to become a doctor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry remembers moving to Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reverend Herbert Daughtry describes his schooling in New Jersey and New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend Herbert Daughtry recalls his loneliness as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend Herbert Daughtry recalls his experience in high school in Brooklyn
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend Herbert Daughtry remembers influential black athletes and artists
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend Herbert Daughtry talks about the negative portrayal of African Americans in popular culture
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend Herbert Daughtry recalls his imprisonment as a teenager
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend Herbert Daughtry describes his father's introverted personality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reverend Herbert Daughtry describes his troubled teenage years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Reverend Herbert Daughtry talks about his children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry recalls his introduction to gambling
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry talks about playing pool
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry recalls his early lessons in entrepreneurialism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry recalls becoming addicted to heroin
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry recalls his involvement in the numbers game
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry recalls being arrested for running numbers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry recalls his arrest for grand larceny
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes his decision to join the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes his experiences in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry remembers returning from the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes his involvement in an armed robbery
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry recalls the term of his prison sentence
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes the racial tensions in New Jersey
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes race relations in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry recalls his educational endeavors in prison
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry talks about his interest in holistic ministry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry remembers his debates with followers of the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry recalls raising funds for Emmett Till's family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes the police shooting of Sean Bell, Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry talks about the black leadership's response to police brutality
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry shares his advice to youth regarding police brutality
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes his criticism of police departments
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry talks about his role in the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes his philosophy of protest
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry talks about his ministerial leadership style
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry recalls his decision to join the struggle for civil rights
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry talks about his incarceration
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry recalls his decision to reform himself in prison
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes his education in prison
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes his initiation to the Civil Rights Movement, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes his initiation to the Civil Rights Movement, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes his friendship with John Lawrence
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry recalls his start as a preacher
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry talks about his involvement in politics and religion
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry talks about his civil rights activities
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry talks about his activism with Reverend Jesse L. Jackson
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry talks about the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes the growth of his church
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry recalls the shooting of Randolph Evans
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes the formation of the National Black United Front
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry talks about his political support for Reverend Jesse L. Jackson
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry talks about Reverend Jesse L. Jackson's accusations of anti-Semitism, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry talks about Reverend Jesse L. Jackson's accusations of anti-Semitism, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry reflects upon his experiences with Reverend Jesse L. Jackson's presidential campaign
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes his travels with Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes his travels with Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes his travels with Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, pt. 3
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry recalls his confrontation with the Hasidim of Crown Heights in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes his decision to write 'No Monopoly on Suffering'
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry talks about his book, 'No Monopoly on Suffering'
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry talks about the New York Ebonics Movement, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry talks about the New York Ebonics Movement, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes his visits to the White House
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry talks about the reparations movement
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Herbert D. Daughtry describes how he would like to be remembered