Johnnie Colemon – Wikipedia
Johnnie Colemon (February 18, 1920 – December 23, 2014) was an influential minister and teacher in the New Thought movement. She is often referred to as the “First Lady of New Thought”. Colemon founded several large organizations within the African-American New Thought movement, including Christ Universal Temple (CUT) and the Universal Foundation for Better Living (UFBL). The Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary is named in her honor.
Colemon was born in Centerville, Alabama on February 18, 1920 but her family moved to Columbus, Mississippi at an early age, and she identified more with that location as her birthplace, leading others to misidentify Columbus, Mississippi as her place of origin. She attended Union Academy High School and graduated from Wiley College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1943. She then taught at schools in Mississippi and Chicago.
Colemon was ordained as a Unity Minister in 1956 and promptly founded Christ Unity Temple, later Christ Universal Temple, a Chicago-based megachurch. In 1974 Colemon founded the Universal Foundation for Better Living, “an international association of Bible-based New Thought Christian churches, centers, and study groups.” She received a Candace Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women in 1987.
Christ Universal Temple under Colemon became the largest and one of the most influential churches in Chicago.The church was the site of the funeral of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington.Barack Obama spoke at the church both as senator and president.
Colemon served as Director of the Chicago Port Authority and Commissioner of the Chicago Transit Authority Oversight Committee, recognition as one of Chicago’s Living Legends by the Institute for African American Youth Development. She was honored by DuSable Museum as an African American History Maker.
Colemon retired in 2006. She died at Mercy Hospital in Chicago on December 23, 2014 at the age of 94. She is interred in Oak Woods Cemetery in Chicago.
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Johnnie Colemon bachelor of arts.
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In 2006, after building a $10 million religious empire, Colemon retired with no succession plan in place.
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