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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Religion Professor
Religious Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/10/1919
Birth Location:
Columbus, Ohio

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Religion Professor
Religious Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/10/1919
Birth Location:
Columbus
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Biography

Religious leader and religion professor Reverend Henry Mitchell was born in 1919, in Columbus, Ohio to Orlando and Bertha Mitchell. He received his B.A. degree from Lincoln University and went on to attend Union Theological Seminary, from which he received his B.D. and M.Div. degrees. After graduation, Mitchell was hired as pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Fresno, California and later moved to the Cavalry Baptist Church in Santa Monica, California. He also earned his Th.D. degree from Claremont School of Theology and his M.A. in linguistics from California State University.

In 1969, Mitchell became the first Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Black Church Studies at the consortium of Colgate Rochester Divinity School, Bex Ley Hall, and Crozer Theological Seminary. He also served as professor of religion and Pan African Studies at California State University and academic dean and professor of history and homiletics at Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. In 1988, Mitchell and his wife, the Reverend Doctor Ella Pearson Mitchell, began team-teaching as visiting professors of homiletics at the Interdenominational Theological Center. They became well known for their team-teaching and preaching style, where they would speak to their audience in dialogue with each other.

Mitchell served as the founding director of the Ecumenical Center for Black Church Studies and has written a book on the history of the African American church called Black Church Beginnings: The Long-Hidden Realities of the First Years . In addition, Mitchell has also written Black Preaching: The Recovery of a Powerful Art , a history of African American preaching styles, Fire in The Well , a collections of sermons Mitchell and his wife have given, and Together For Good: Lessons From Fifty-Five Years of Marriage , Mitchell and his wife’s joint autobiography. He has also co-authored the book Preaching for Black Self-Esteem .

Mitchell has been awarded an honorary D.D. degree by the American Baptist Seminary of the West and an honorary L.H.D. degree by Lincoln University. He and his wife are also the recipients of the 2008 Union Theological Seminary Trailblazer Award.

Henry Mitchell was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 16, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend Henry Mitchell describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend Henry Mitchell remembers his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend Henry Mitchell describes his paternal great-grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend Henry Mitchell talks about his paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend Henry Mitchell describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend Henry Mitchell describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reverend Henry Mitchell remembers his father's occupation and personality
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend Henry Mitchell describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend Henry Mitchell describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend Henry Mitchell describes his childhood home in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend Henry Mitchell remembers his neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend Henry Mitchell describes his experiences of school segregation in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend Henry Mitchell recalls the Eastwood School in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend Henry Mitchell remembers singing in the choir at the Second Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reverend Henry Mitchell talks about the clothing styles of his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Reverend Henry Mitchell remembers Pilgrim Junior High in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Reverend Henry Mitchell remembers East High School in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reverend Henry Mitchell describes his preparation for college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend Henry Mitchell recalls his graduation from East High School in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend Henry Mitchell describes his experiences during the Great Depression
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend Henry Mitchell remembers his calling to the ministry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend Henry Mitchell recalls working at the Truck Tractor Equipment Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend Henry Mitchell remembers his exemption from the draft
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend Henry Mitchell recalls leaving The Ohio State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reverend Henry Mitchell remembers enrolling at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Reverend Henry Mitchell remembers his summer work experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Reverend Henry Mitchell recalls his activities at Lincoln University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reverend Henry Mitchell recalls his time at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reverend Henry Mitchell talks about his preparation for seminary
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reverend Henry Mitchell talks about the history of the Baptist denomination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reverend Henry Mitchell recalls his transition to the Union Theological Seminary in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reverend Henry Mitchell remembers his first year at the Union Theological Seminary
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reverend Henry Mitchell remembers meeting his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reverend Henry Mitchell remembers his decision to propose to his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Reverend Henry Mitchell describes his wife's ordination as a minister
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Reverend Henry Mitchell recalls his start as an expert on the black church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reverend Henry Mitchell talks about African American religious symbolism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reverend Henry Mitchell reflects upon his philosophy of religion
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reverend Henry Mitchell recalls becoming the dean of the chapel at the North Carolina College for Negroes in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reverend Henry Mitchell describes the impact of World War II on his brothers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reverend Henry Mitchell recalls his time as dean of the chapel at the North Carolina College for Negroes
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reverend Henry Mitchell remembers the birth of his first child
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Reverend Henry Mitchell talks about his children
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Reverend Henry Mitchell recalls working as a field secretary of the Northern California Baptist Association
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Reverend Henry Mitchell talks about his graduate education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Reverend Henry Mitchell recalls the tragic deaths of his family members
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Reverend Henry Mitchell describes his role in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Reverend Henry Mitchell remembers the adoption of his son
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Reverend Henry Mitchell recalls pastoring the Second Baptist Church in Fresno, California
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Reverend Henry Mitchell remembers the assassinations of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Reverend Henry Mitchell remembers pastoring the Calvary Baptist Church in Santa Monica, California
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Reverend Henry Mitchell recalls his Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Professorship of Black Church Studies
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Reverend Henry Mitchell talks about his career in academia
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Reverend Henry Mitchell recalls founding the Ecumenical Center for Black Church Studies in La Verne, California
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Reverend Henry Mitchell talks about his publications
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Reverend Henry Mitchell reflects upon the success of his marriage
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Reverend Henry Mitchell describes his collaborations with his wife
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Reverend Henry Mitchell talks about the history of the black church, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Reverend Henry Mitchell the history of the black church, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Reverend Henry Mitchell talks about his trips to Africa
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Reverend Henry Mitchell reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Reverend Henry Mitchell reflects upon the role of women in the black church
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Reverend Henry Mitchell narrates his photographs