Updated: Sep 15, 2020
American pioneers took care of each other, which seems like a model to which we could all aspire.
Churches were safe places to gather, and most civil rights and education efforts started with church leaders.
“Lift as we climb” was a common theme.
Churches were the leading institutions to speak out against slavery and to advocate for civil rights in the African-American communities. Black ministers like Rev. John Jamison Moore led and organized local and statewide rallies, meetings, and conventions.
He also organized the first Negro School on the Pacific coast and was its first teacher and principal, and advocated for funds to educate African-American children. He founded and edited the newspaper, “The Lunar Visitor” in 1862, which promoted civil rights.