A sermon preached at First Parish of Concord, Massachusetts. A revised version of this sermon was published as “A Cold Shoulder for William Jackson,” in Black Trailblazers and Missed Opportunities in Unitarian Unviersalism, ed. Mark Morrison-Reed (Boston: Skinner House, 2011). An earlier version of this sermon was given at First Unitarian in New Bedford on 31 May 2009.
This sermon told the story of Rev. William Jackson, the first African American ordained minister to publicly declare himself a Unitarian. A version of this sermon will be published in a forthcoming book from Skinner House, edited by Mark Morrison-Reed.