E. K. Love (1850-1900)
The minister and missionary
Emmanuel King Love was born into slavery on July 27, 1850, in Perry County, Alabama, and was educated privately. Having accepted the call to ministry in 1868, Love attained a bachelor's degree from the Augusta Institute (later Morehouse College) in 1877. He served as pastor of a number of churches, including the historic First African Baptist Church in Savannah from 1885 to 1900.
A denominational leader, King headed the black Georgia Baptist State Convention, the Baptist Foreign Mission
A Republican activist, Love supported temperance, fought disenfranchisement, and vigorously opposed discrimination and Jim Crow segregation in all areas of public life. There is evidence that he was subjected to physical abuse because he refused segregated train seating. In the late 1890s Love supported the establishment of an independent African American Baptist national publishing house, and before his sudden death on April 24, 1900, he helped to establish Savannah's first privately owned black bank.
Andrew Billingsley, Mighty like a River: The Black Church and Social Reform (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999).
Leroy Fitts, A History of Black Baptists (Nashville, Tenn.: Broadman Press, 1985).
Sandy D. Martin, Black Baptists and African Missions: The Origins of a Movement, 1880-1915 (Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 1989).
Carter G. Woodson, The History of the Negro Church, 3d ed. (1921; reprint, Washington, D.C.: Associated Publishers, 1992).
Sandy Dwayne Martin, University of Georgia
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