The William Seymour Black Leadership Scholarship
Rev. William J. Seymour (1870-1922) was born to former slaves in Louisiana. Raised as a Baptist, he eventually became an ordained minister. After hearing the message of the emerging Pentecostal movement in the racially segregated American South, Seymour responded to the call to minister in Los Angeles, California in 1906. Seymour and a group of believers began meeting in a small house on Bonnie Brae Street in Los Angeles. There an outpouring of the Holy Spirit began attracting so many people that they had to relocate to what would become the world-famous Azusa Street Mission.
This movement, powered by the Holy Spirit that took place at the Azusa Street Mission under Seymour’s leadership, swept across the world affecting nearly every branch of Christianity and every ethnicity of the human race. This great outpouring was the catalyst for what became the global Pentecostal movement that we are part of today.