Monthly Archives: December 2014
The Rev. Henry J. Payden, Sr. contributed much to the shaping of religious history and culture in the state of Ohio. Rev. Payden, who passed away in December 2014, was the founding pastor of the Holy Trinity Baptist Church, the former pastor of Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church, and a member of the world famous Wings Over Jordan Choir.
After the choir’s radio broadcasts and concert tours ended in the Post-World War II era, Rev. Payden and other former members supported the outreach and educational efforts of the Wings Over Jordan Alumni and Friends, Inc. and the Wings Over Jordan Celebration Chorus in Cleveland. Rev. Payden was one of the first people to share his oral history narrative with the Praying Grounds Project at Cleveland State University, and I remain grateful for his kindness and generosity.
(This 1966 image of Rev. Payden courtesy of Cleveland Memory, www.ClevelandMemory.org)
This has been a wonderful year, and I want to thank you for being part of it! On this last weekend of 2014, I join others in observing Kwanzaa, and I invite you to read more about this African American celebration of family, community, and culture at http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/index.shtml.
I also want to share some photographs from several of my favorite 2014 events. ENJOY!