Dorothy Champ

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Dorothy Champ
Born: February 23, 1893
Death: November 28, 1979
Place of Birth: Loudoun County, Virginia
Location of Death: East Providence, Rhode Island
Burial Location: Unknown

Dorothy Champ was a s Broadway actress. She gave the first World Religion Day talk in Syracuse. [1]

Ms. Dorothy Champ became a Bahá’í in 1919 and went on to become a great teacher of the Faith. She had been a designer, singer, model and dancer. She was so inspired by the Faith that she had given up her career to teach. Ms. Champ was the first black person elected to the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of New York City. [2]

From 1926 to 1929 Dorothy Champ, assisted by Keith Ransom- Kehler held very successful fireside meetings in Dorothy’s home in Harlem. This was one of the first inter-racial groups in the city.[3]

1 Baha’i News, March 1950
2 Ahdieh, Hussein. “Highlights of the First 40 years of the Baha’i Faith in New York, city of the Covenant 1892-1932” p. 20
3 The Baha’i World. Kidlington, Oxford: George Ronald Publisher. Volume 12, p. 698
-Permission given by George Ronald, Publishers
Etter-Lewis, Gwendolyn.Lights of the Spirit: Historical Portraits of Black Bahá’ís in North America” pp 61-62

Image Courtesy Austin/Thompson Collection

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