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Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall

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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Pastor
Religious Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
In All Our Ways Acknowledge God, And He Will Direct Our Paths.

Birthplace

Born:
5/3/1916
Birth Location:
Yoakum, Texas

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Pastor
Religious Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
In All Our Ways Acknowledge God, And He Will Direct Our Paths.

Birthplace

Born:
5/3/1916
Birth Location:
Yoakum
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Biography

Rev. Shelvin Jerome Hall was born May 3, 1916, in Yoakum, Texas. Graduating Magna cum Laude from Bishop College in Marshall, Texas, in 1944, Hall married Lucy M. Lewis that same year. Hall pursued a graduate degree in high school administration at Prairie View A&M University in 1949, and graduate studies in divinity from Howard University.

In 1955, Hall was appointed pastor of Friendship Baptist Church on Chicago’s West Side. After his initial appointment, Hall moved the church several times, increasing the membership to over 1,500. Hall became supervisor of the General Division of the National Baptist Convention in 1960, and subsequently served for twenty-five years as the dean of the Baptist General State Congress of Christian Education in Illinois; president of the West Side Baptist Ministers Conference; president of the National Board of Directors, One Church/One Child Program; president of the West Side Baptist Ministers Association; and president of the Baptist General State Convention of Illinois. Hall was also the founding chairman of the Community Bank of Lawndale; president of the West Side Isaiah Plan; chairman of the Family Division of the Chicago Area Boy Scouts of America; executive director of the Inter-Religious Council on Urban Affairs; president of the Local Redevelopment Authority of Lawndale; president of the NAACP West Side Branch; president of the Midwest Community Council; and founding board member of Operation PUSH.

When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. tried to establish a movement on the West Side of Chicago, Hall, then president of the West Side Federation, opened his church and offered King hospitality and access. Happily married, Hall and his wife raised New York State Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Hall, Illinois Appellate Court Judge Shelvin Louise Hall, and Lewis Hall, Supervisor of Higher Education for the New York Department of Education.

Hall passed away on May 21, 2007 at the age of 91.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes his mother and his uncle, Elijah Shelvin
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes his father's personality and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes his family's role in Yoakum, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes his maternal grandmother's commitment to education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall recalls how his paternal uncle was accused of murder
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes his childhood activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes his schooling
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes his teachers at the Texas Deaf, Dumb and Blind Institute
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall recalls his activities at the Texas Deaf, Dumb and Blind Institute
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall recalls hardships he endured as a Bishop College student in Marshall, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes his studies at Bishop College in Marshall, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes working as a schoolteacher in Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes his call to the ministry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall recalls his first job as a minister in Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall recalls how he met his wife, Lucy Lewis Hall
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall recalls hitchhiking to Bishop College, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall recalls hitchhiking to Bishop College, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes race relations in El Campo, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall recalls receiving threats in El Campo, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes participating in the Selma to Montgomery march
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes the Lacey Kirk Williams Institute
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall recalls why he left Corpus Christi's St. John Baptist Church
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall recalls becoming pastor of Chicago's Friendship Baptist Church
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes moving to Maywood, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall recalls his relationship with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall recalls rejecting bribes from Mayor Richard J. Daley's political machine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes Chicago's West Side Federation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Slating of Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes supporting Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Alabama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall explains why he refused to support Chicago's Mayor Richard J. Daley
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall recalls marching with Reverend J.M. Stone in Selma, Alabama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall recalls Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech at Friendship Baptist Church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s visit to Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall recalls the founding of Chicago's Community Bank of Lawndale
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall recalls founding Chicago's Community Bank of Lawndale
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes his work with the Midwest Community Council
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes community leaders on Chicago's West Side
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes community institutions on Chicago's West Side
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes his National Baptist Convention membership
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall explains his loyalty to the National Baptist Convention
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall recalls when Friendship Baptist Church's neighborhood was rezoned
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall recalls constructing the new Friendship Baptist Church, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall recalls constructing the new Friendship Baptist Church, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall recalls the riots after Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death in 1968
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes his spiritual philosophy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall shares his opinions on black theology
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall reflects upon his choice to be a minister
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes his parenting philosophy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes his children
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall gives advice to young African American men
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall narrates his photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Reverend Dr. Shelvin Jerome Hall narrates his photographs, pt. 3