Women of Black History

Willie Barrow

By Jone Johnson Lewis, About.com Guide

About Willie Barrow:

Dates: December 7, 1924 –

Occupation: minister

Known for: civil rights activism, active role in the Church of God, Operation PUSH leadership, campaign manager for presidential campaign of Jesse Jackson

Also known as: Rev. Willie Barrow, Willie B. Barrow, Willie T. Barrow, Willie B. Taplin Barrow, "Little Warrior," "Princess of Protest"
Background, Family:

    * Father: Nelson Taplin, pastor in Texas
    * Her father was Baptist, her mother Methodist, and an uncle who lived with the family was a Jehovah's Witness


    * Texas high school
    * Warner Pacific School of Theology, Portland, Oregon
    * Moody Bible Institute, Chicago
    * Central Conservatory of Music
    * University of Monrovia, Monrovia, Liberia, Doctor of Divinity

Marriage, Children:

    * husband: Clyde Barrow (died 1998 at age 75, after more than 50 years of marriage; welder)
    * children: Keith Barrow (singer, died of AIDS in 1983), Patricia Caray

More About Willie Barrow:

Willie Barrow was raised in rural Texas on a farm with her six siblings. Her father was a local pastor. She was called to ministry when she was sixteen. While studying ministry in Portland, Oregon, she organized the first African American Church of God. She was also a welder in a shipyard, where she met Clyde Barrow, whom she married, and where she became involved in the labor movement.

From Portland, Clyde and Willie Barrow moved to Chicago in 1943, where she studied at the Moody Bible Institute and the Central Conservatory of Music, in addition to her work with the Church of God. In the 1950s she became active in the civil rights movement, working with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as a field organizer for marches and demonstrations.

Willie Barrow helped found Operation Breadbasket in Chicago, which grew into Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity, later People United to Serve Humanity). Barrow was a key "lieutenant" of Jesse Jackson in his much of his Chicago-based activism, working on many projects and in many organizations together, including the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and a long association with Operation PUSH. When Jackson ran for president for the 1984 election, she served as his campaig

Willie Barrow was the first woman to serve as a national vice president of Operation PUSH, and in 1986, became the president of Operation PUSH, retiring in 1989. She served as a co-chairperson of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition (RPC), and in 2009 was the RPC chairperson, emeritus.

Willie Barrow was also active in working against US involvement in the Vietnam War. In 1968, Barrow and two others led a delegation to North Vietnam.

Willie Barrow was also active in the National Urban League and the NCNW. She's also been involved in women's issues and in gay and lesbian issues.

Organizations: Vernon Park Church of God, Operation PUSH, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, National Urban League, NCNW, Reverend Willie Barrow Wellness Center, Barrow Health Mobile Clinic

Religion: Church of God

Pearl Bailey

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Pearl Bailey

By Jone Johnson Lewis, About.com


March 29, 1918 – August 7, 1990

Occupation: singer, performer, stage, film, special ambassador

About Pearl Bailey:

Never formally trained in music, Pearl Bailey credited her love of music to growing up in a “Holy Roller” evangelical church where her father was the minister. In her early career in amateur shows and nightclubs she developed her throaty style, embellished with asides and ad libs.

Pearl Bailey sang with bands, later on stage and in films. The all-black version of Hello, Dolly! is one of her best-known roles; she played that role from 1967 to 1969 and in a later revival. Pearl Bailey was a frequent guest on television variety shows and had her own show on ABC in 1970-71.

At age 67, Pearl Bailey graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s degree in theology. In 1968, 1971, 1973 and 1989 she published books on her life, cooking, and educational experiences. In 1975 Pearl Bailey served as a special ambassador to the United Nations and in 1988 received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Pearl Bailey was married three times. The last marriage, to drummer Louis Bellson, lasted 40 years. Together they adopted a daughter and a son.


Newport News, Virginia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New York City, United States


United Nations, Georgetown University, House of Prayer (“Holy Roller”)

Honors Include:

Presidential Medal of Freedom

Marian Anderson

**Marian Anderson (1902-1993)*
By [Jone Johnson Lewis](http://womenshistory.about.com/bio/Jone-Johnson-Lewis-3849.htm), About.com

![An African American singer, Marian Anderson found more success
and fame in Europe than America until in 1939 the DAR (Daughters of the American
Revolution) refused to allow her to sing in their Constitution Hall in
Washington, DC. In part because of the public attention brought by this
incident, Marian Anderson became one of the best-known African American women of
the 20th century.](http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z17/CNDY29/image7.jpg)


What Film Taught Us

Movie: Dairy Of A Mad Black Woman
Directed & Written: Tyler Perry
Kimberly Elise – Helen Simmons McCarter
Steve Harris – Charles McCarter
Shemar Moore – Orlando
Tyler Perry – Madea/ Brian

I believe that there are a few life lessons featured in this film; nonetheless, there are three important lessons that I felt were perfect encouragement for our topic of the month, New Beginnings.

1.  An unexpected or forced change can be just what you need in life.  Sometimes we continue to live in situations that are not good for us and we continue missing out on the happiness we deserve because we want to stick things out.  God steps in these moments and does what needs to be done. 

2. Your New Beginning may be what’s needed for you but others may benefit from the changes that come along with your new beginning.  

3. Sometimes the road to a peaceful new beginning can be bumpy; nevertheless, when you complete journey you will definitely see that it was worth every trial and tribulation.

New Beginnings – In Friendships

When people think of complicated relationships they usually think of romantic relationships.  Most peopleings  forget about the complexity of friendships and how stressful they can be especially when thing go awry.  If you are having issues with your current friends or looking for real friendships maybe it would be good to make a few changes. 

If your issue is:

Finding True Friends –  If you are the type of person that seem to always have people around, you are always out and about, and you seem to be very popular but for some reason you never feel any real connections.  What you need to do is slow down and focus on things in life that have more  substance.  While doing this you have more time to get to know other people and you will have more things to connect with them about.  Once you begin to make real connections you will be able to make true friends.

Break up & Make up Friends – If you find yourself constantly dealing with rocky relationships when it comes to your friends you definitely need to make some changes.  A true friendsjip is not a perfect one; however, it is one that you can depend on.  In this case, you must first evaluate the relationship and figure out if it is worth the stress.  Once that is established you should confront your friend(s) and together you should hash out your major issues and come up with a plan on how to deal with them without hurting each other. 

No Friends –  If you are someone that spends most of your time alone and does not know the joy of friendship I sympathize with you.  Having a real friendship is a blessing and a gift from God.  You don’t have to be cool or popular to have a friend.  There is a companion out there for us all.  What you must first do is practice opening up to others.  Once you become comfortable with others it should be easy to find friends.