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The Black Unions debate (1969-1980) concerned the wishes of the leadership of eight regional conferences of the North American Division in existence at that time to organize into two newly-created union conferences.

Eva Gwendolyn Bradford-Rock (1912-2010), African American educator, musician, author, and activist for church unity and social justice, was born December 22, 1912, on the campus of what was then Oakwood Manual Training School in Huntsville, Alabama.

​Etta Littlejohn and Robert Bradford ministered together in building up the Adventist work among Black Americans during its foundational decades and established a legacy of leadership that has shaped that work in a lasting way.

​Charles Edward Dudley, Sr. minister and conference president, was one of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s leading advocates for racial justice and structural change during the second half of the twentieth century.

​Frank L. Peterson, pastor, educator, administrator and author, was one of the denomination’s foremost Black leaders from the 1930s to the 1960s. He was president of Oakwood College for nearly a decade and the first Black Adventist to become a vice president of the General Conference.