A Brief Biography Of Lillian B. Horace

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Texas’s first African American woman novelist was also a biographer, diarist, educator, publisher, and librarian. Lillian B. Horace was born on April 29, 1880 in Jefferson, Texas. Her parents were Thomas Armstead and Mary Ackard. The family moved to Fort Worth, Texas when Lillian was a young toddler. She would go on to receive her early and formal education, graduating from the historically black institution, I. M. Terrell High School. Lillian enrolled in Bishop College in Marshall, Texas, where she took classes from 1898 to 1899. She focused her entire life around writing, entrepreneurship, community activism, philanthropy, and her faith.

Like most women in the south, Lillian B. Horace began her journey in education before she graduated from …show more content…

Horace begins the biography with a stroke of prose about the life of Dr. Lacey Kirk Williams. His parents, Levi and Elizabeth Williams were both slaves; because of the Emancipation Proclamation, they were granted their freedom. They had seven children; Lacey Kirk Williams was the second son born on July 11, 1811. The writer provides the reader with a wealth of information pertaining to the family migration from the backwoods of Alabama to the southwest region of Texas. In like manner, the author notates at the that she does her best to always have the voice of an interviewer, but being filled with the spirit of her faith, her talent for writing prose seeped into the story to paint a portrait vividly for the reader, ultimately always wanting to provide an honest and thorough visual depiction of the subject’s …show more content…

Horace documents in the biography that Dr. Lacey Kirk Williams would go on to receive a D.D. degree from Selma University and an LL.D degree from Bishop College. He then began preaching on a full-time basis. During his tenure as a religious leader, he led congregations at Macedonia Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas in 1907 and then took over Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas in 1909. He was a leader and supporter of the Lincoln Association, Baptist Missionary, and the Educational Convention. Williams transitioned out of Texas to become pastor of Chicago’s Olive Baptist Church in 1916, at the time it was the largest Black church in the United States with 12,000 members. He went on to receive awards and accolades for his work in the black community on a national

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