The preeminent figure among black Adventists in the early 1880s, to the time when Edson White reached Vicksburg in 1895, was Charles M. Kinny. Most of what Adventists learned about the progress of the church among blacks during these years they learned from Kinny’s regular articles in the Review and Herald.
This is fascinating to me. I had read not long ago about Edson White being involved in missionary work among blacks. But I didn’t know this.
Charles M. Kinny was certainly on fire for the Lord.
There has been much perplexity as to how our laborers in the South shall deal with the “color line.” It has been a question to some how far to concede to the prevailing prejudice against the colored people. The Lord has given us light concerning all such matters. There are principles laid down in His Word that should guide us in dealing with these perplexing questions. The Lord Jesus came to our world to save men and women of all nationalities. He died just as much for the colored people as for the white race. Jesus came to shed light over the whole world. At the beginning of His ministry He declared His mission: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”