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Cynthia Cooper


Lewis Garnett Jordan — his life, work, and service is nothing less than a miracle. Here is a man who came out of slavery without a name. He borrowed a name from three different men, and his career has been an honor to each of them. Not having a birthday, he selected one for himself and never felt a pair of trousers rub his legs until he had possibly passed his tenth year.
Out of those borrowed trousers came one of the best preacher and church builders the race has produced, and a temperance advocate who won the respect of the American people, who gave him a nomination for the United States Congress on the Prohibition ticket. Out of those old baggy trousers emerged the secretary of the National Baptist Foreign Mission Board, who served in that capacity unstintingly and sacrificially for twenty-five years, and who today is the best informed colored missionary in the world. A. Clayton Powell Sr. Part of the Introduction written in L.G. Jordan’s book entitled “On Two Hemispheres: Bits From The Life Story of Lewis G. Jordan As Told By Himself.” The present volume is a reissue of the original, published in 1936. I am the great granddaughter of L.G. Jordan and felt passionately the time had come that I should share this story to a new generation of readers for whom the realities of slavery, and this important milestone in American history, are fast becoming unfamiliar. I so look forward to Many Rivers to Cross.

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