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Reverend T. L. Barrett, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Host
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Dumplings
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
I Am Alive In This Season For A Divine Reason.

Birthplace

Born:
1/13/1944
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Host
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Dumplings
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
I Am Alive In This Season For A Divine Reason.

Birthplace

Born:
1/13/1944
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Pastor, musician, and motivational speaker the Reverend Thomas Lee (T. L.) Barrett was born January 13, 1944, in Jamaica, Long Island, New York. His father, from the Mississippi Delta, was a part-time gospel performer with the Southern Wonders. At the age of nine, Barrett's family moved to Chicago, Illinois, and Barrett continued to struggle in school. After his father passed away, Barrett returned to New York and found work in a hospital removing brains from cadavers at the age of sixteen.

By that year, Barrett's musical talents were being noticed, especially his ability on the piano. He began performing at the Waldorf Astoria and the New York City Village Gate, as well as in several church choirs. He gave up his job in the hospital, and in addition to his music, worked as an executive shoeshine man. Feeling the call to the ministry, Barrett attended Bethel Bible College and passed the New York State Board of Regents ministerial exam. After marrying a young woman from New York, Barrett returned to Chicago in 1967. The following year, he was named the pastor of Life Center Church of God in Christ, and in 1968 he began purchasing airtime on local radio stations to spread his ministry. By 1973, he was a regular on WBMX, and he remained on-air there until switching to WJPC in 1980.

Barrett has been active in a number of causes, including the Million Man March in Washington, D.C., in 1995. During that event, he brought busloads of men from Chicago to the nation's capital. He was also one of the regional coordinators for the Million Family March in 2000. He has worked with other Chicago-area pastors and gangs to explore ways in which gangs could prevent crime in troubled urban areas. A strong believer in family values, Barrett was a supporter of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon and the Catholic Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who took a wife and was ostracized by the Catholic Church. Barrett has also recorded five albums and several sessions of taped sermons.





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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Reverend T.L. Barrett's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reverend T.L. Barrett lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes the value of keeping a record of his daily life for future generations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes his parents' move from Itta Bena, Mississippi to New York, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes his parents' move from Itta Bena, Mississippi to New York, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes his family's musical involvement
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes his parents' values
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes his family's move from New York City to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes living in the Ida B. Wells Homes in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes living in the Ida B. Wells Homes in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes having to move out of Ida B. Wells Homes in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes his experience in grade schools in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes his experience in grade schools in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes returning to Chicago, Illinois after getting his GED in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes his experience as a morgue attendant in Flushing Hospital in New York City, New York, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes his experience as a morgue attendant in Flushing Hospital in New York City, New York, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes an experience he had as a morgue attendant at Flushing Hospital in New York City, New York, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes an experience he had as a morgue attendant at Flushing Hospital in New York City, New York, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes malpractice at Flushing Hospital in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes the permanent back injury caused by lifting a body as a morgue assistant at Flushing Hospital in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes his experience working at Flushing Hospital and Mcclean's Cleaning Service in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes his belief system
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes his musical performance and how his cousin recruited him into the shoe shine business in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes his studying under Irwin Stahl and choosing faith over music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes his decision to stop his music lessons and become a preacher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes his belief system
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reverend T.L. Barrett talks about sharing his vision of God's presence in all of us
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reverend T.L. Barrett talks about recovering from an incurable blood disease
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes how he met his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes the beginning of his career as a pastor in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes establishing his church in 1968
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes the beginning of his career on the radio at WBMX
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes his relationship with HistoryMaker Reverend Dr. Johnnie Colemon
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reverend T.L. Barrett shares his beliefs concerning self-improvement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes the difference between his theology and that of mainline Christianity, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes the difference between his theology and that of mainline Christianity, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes his conception of God
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes the role of positive thinking in changing the course of slave thinking, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes the role of positive thinking in changing the course of slave thinking, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes what his church teaches to children
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Reverend T.L. Barrett talks about why God allows bad things to happen to people, pt.1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Reverend T.L. Barrett talks about why God allows bad things to happen to people, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Reverend T.L. Barrett talks about why God allows bad things to happen to people, pt. 3
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Reverend T.L. Barrett talks about how positive thinking can end suffering
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Reverend T.L. Barrett talks about whether God should be feared
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes some sections of the Old Testament
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes the relationship between black ministers and their teachings and the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Reverend T.L. Barrett describes his wife's leaving him, Reverend Sun Myung Moon, and the return of his wife