(1812-1901)
JOHN JASPER
Born a slave in Virginia, became a Baptist convert in 1837. He eventually answered the call to preach, and became an extremely popular minister. One of Jasper’s most well-known sermon was entitle “De Sun Do Move,” and he delivered it over 250 times to large audiences. Although his speaking style was uneducated and reflected his rural roots, his message was powerful and earned him a royal following. Today’s African American community continues to look to its religious leaders for guidance and inspiration, with many stepping forward in the tradition of john Jasper, to minister and serve.