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b. 1898 - d. 1970
George Wilbur Baber was named the sixty-third bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church at the General Conference of 1944. The son of an A.M.E. minister, he attended Wilberforce University and became licensed to preach in 1919. In 1934 he began serving as pastor of the Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Detroit. Under his leadership Ebenezer grew into the largest pastorate in the A.M.E. denomination. As a bishop of the A.M.E., Baber at different times served the First, Second and Fourth districts of the church. Later in his career he became more vocal on national politics, vigorously calling on A.M.E. ministers to support President Lyndon B. Johnson’s urban housing program in 1965.
This Congressional Record documents a statement regarding the antipoverty bill. The statement, made to the public by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, urged Congress to support funding towards eradicating poverty for both black and white citizens.
The African Methodist Episcopal Churches in New Jersey express their pleasure that Dr. King is making a "speedy recovery."