George Wilson Becton

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George Wilson Becton was the "first of the colorful cult leaders in Harlem."[1] He began charismatic preaching in about 1930, after the decline of Marcus Garvey, and continued until he was mysteriously murdered in 1933.

Becton's sermons were formal and presented in a dignified setting, with orchestral music and liveried pages. He was kidnapped and shot to death on May 21, 1933. He died without describing his attackers or explaining why anybody might have wanted him killed.[2]

Claude McKay wrote about Becton in his book Harlem, Negro Metropolis.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Four Men of Harlem -- The Movers and the Shakers," in Harlem, U.S.A., John Henrik Clarke, 1971 edition, p.251
  2. ^ "Four Men of Harlem -- The Movers and the Shakers," in Harlem, U.S.A., John Henrik Clarke, 1971 edition, p.253