Religion: Confessions of a Bishop

The Rev. Reverdy Cassius Ransom is one of the patriarchs of Negro religious life in the U.S. The oldest bishop in one of the country's oldest Negro denominations, the African Methodist Episcopal Church,* frail-looking Bishop Ransom, 88, still works—as research director—for the church he has served for more than 60 years. In the current issue of the picture magazine Ebony, Reverdy Ransom writes his "Confessions of a Bishop," a gentle, detached look into some of the trials and triumphs of a man who has ministered well to his people.

During his childhood in Flushing, Ohio, Reverdy knew "constant hunger; the old distillery...

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