Celebration of Black History Month
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Rear Admiral Barry Clayton Black was born November 1, 1948. He serves as the 62nd Senate Chaplin of the United States. He is the first African American and the first Seventh-day Adventist to serve in this capacity. Chaplin Black was born to Pearline and Lester Black in the inner city of Baltimore, Maryland. Barry credits his mom for the person he is today. Both of his parents, but especially his mother stressed the importance of education and religion. Dr. Black attended Adventist schools throughout his childhood. He received his bachelor’s degree from what is now Oakwood University. He received his Masters of Divinity from Andrews University. He has two doctorate degrees. One from Eastern Baptist Seminary and the other from Salvage Regina University.
Some of Black’s accomplishments include:
• The Navy Distinguished Service Medal
• The Legion of Merit Medal
• The Defense Meritorious Service Medal
• Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals
• NAACP Renowned Service Award (for his contribution to equal opportunity and civil rights)
In his current position Black is responsible for ministering to a flock of 6,000, comprising senators, spouses, chiefs of staff, and Capitol Hill employees. Black is the advisor to the most powerful people in the United States government on moral, spiritual, and ethical issues that affect the lives of millions in the United States and abroad.
Black married his college sweetheart Brenda Pearsall of St. Petersburg, Florida. They have three sons Barry II, Brendan, and Bradford.
He says, “Be still and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
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