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The court decision did not end the controversy, however. Although Boyd retained the publishing house, he and his supporters left the National Baptist Convention and operated independently until Boyd’s death in Nashville on August 19, 1922. Further Reading Early, Joe, Jr. “R. H. ” In Baptist History and Heritage. (June 22, 2007): 91. , and Mark C. Carnes, eds. American National Biography. Vol. 3. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. Lovett, Bobby L. How It Came to Be: The Boyd Family’s Contribution to African American Religious Publications.

In 1993, he led a widely publicized campaign against foul lyrics in rap music, dumping a pile of offending compact discs on the doorstep of a record company. Five years later, he accused Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and the New York Police Department of racism. Political experts often speculated that Butts was primed to run for high political office. Butts did not discourage such speculation, saying that he was prepared to serve wherever God called him. But in 1999 he cut off any possible political draft by accepting the presidency of the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury, while continuing to lead Abyssian Baptist.

Degree in 1962. Following his ordination the same year, he served as a copastor in San Diego, then moved on to Interdenominational Theological Seminary in Atlanta. Blake served a parish in Marietta, Georgia, while working toward his master of divinity degree, which he achieved in 1965. While in school, he married Mae Lawrence, with whom he would have three children. Blake served for four years as copastor of the Greater Jackson Church of God in Christ in Mississippi. He wasted no time in becoming an active force within his denominational circles.

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