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1. Davis, Lenwood. "James E. Shepard and The Education and Economic Empowerment of African Americans" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, Sep 29, 2010 <Not Available>. 2020-02-29 <>
Publication Type: Individual Paper
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: James Edward Shepard was born in 1875 and was an African American leader between 1900 and 1947. He was however, more than a race leader, Shepard was a minister, politician, pharmacist, world traveler, civil servant, president of the Inter-Denominational Sunday School Convention, and visionary.
Dr. Shepard was active in several social organizations: he was Grand Master of The Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina, Grand Patron of the Eastern Star of North Carolina and Secretary of Finances for the Knights of Pythias. He was on the Board of Trustees of Lincoln Hospital of Durham, the Oxford (NC) Colored Orphanage and member of the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Agricultural Society and Field Superintendent of Work Among Negroes for the International Sunday School Association.
Dr. Shepard was also an educator and founder and first president of The National Religious Training School and Chautauqua (now North Carolina Central University). He held the position of President of the institution from its founding in 1910 until his death in 1947. Shepard was also President of The North Carolina Teacher’s Association. As president of a college and as president of a teacher’s association, Shepard urged African Americans to get an education so that they may empower themselves to become economic independent and have a voice in their own well-being. James E. Shepard was also an entrepreneur, real estate dealer, businessman and an financial investor. This presentation will examine Shepard as an educator and entrepreneur and businessman and show how these positions had an impact on society.

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