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Ruhe-Schoen, Janet. Champions of Oneness: Louis Gregory and His Shining Circle.

Ruhe-Schoen, Janet. Champions of Oneness: Louis Gregory and His Shining Circle. Wilmette, IL: Baha'i Distribution Service, 2015, pp.282, ISBN: 978-1-61851-081-5.

Focused on the years 1898-1921, this book portrays the lives of a handful of brilliant pioneers of race amity in the United States who gave everything they could to promote the principle of the oneness of humanity. The thread common among each of their lives was the Baha'i Faith. Many of them had the fortune of meeting Abdu'l-Baha' (the eldest son of Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i Faith), and would place his guidance and counsel at the center of their efforts. At great personal

sacrifice, these early Baha'is traveled extensively to share the teachings of their new found faith, and often were faced with severe challenges from those who were resistant to change. Louis Gregory (1874-1951) was an African-American attorney; he earned a law degree from Howard University and was admitted to the bar in Washington D.C. in 1902. He became a Baha'i in 1909 and was distinguished by being the first African-American to be invited by 'Abdu'l-Baha for as Baha'i pilgrimage, and the first African American elected to the National Spiritual Assembly in the United States and Canada (a body he was elected to in 1922, 1924, 1927, 1932, 1934 and 1946).

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Date:Oct 1, 2015
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