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His family was middle class; his mother worked as a school guidance counselor. His father ran a clothing store that tailored suits for such well-known black celebrities as James Brown and the Temptations. Yet they lived at the edge of a high-crime neighborhood. Caldwell’s parents brought him to church every week. They helped him tackle a speech impediment head-on by volunteering him to speak in public as often as possible. Upon graduation from Kashmir High School, Caldwell attended prestigious Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he received a degree in economics in 1975.

Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006. Butts, Calvin Otis (1949– ) Baptist clergy, community leader Calvin Butts rejuvenated one of the most prestigious black churches in the nation, Abyssinian Baptist in Harlem, at a time when it was stagnating. A tireless and highly visible leader in the community, his influence has been felt in the community on religious, economic, and political levels. He was born Calvin Otis Butts on July 19, 1949, in New York City. His mother, Patricia, worked as a city welfare supervisor, and his father, Calvin, was a chef in Manhattan.

She was encouraged by teachers to enroll at Barber-Scotia College, a school founded in 1887 by freed women slaves, near her hometown. Teaching was the only acceptable professional job for a black woman in those days, and Cannon set out on that career course in school. She had an interest in religion and ethics, having been raised in a very devout household and having experienced a roller coaster of emotions on the subjects while at school. For a time she lost faith in God after going through the pain of losing a boyfriend and noting inconsistencies in Christian teaching and in the conventions of society.

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