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Cecil Bishop

Gender: Male

Ethnicity: African-American

Biographical/Historical note:

Bishop Cecil Bishop was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Knoxville College in Knoxville, Tennessee, and then attended Hood Theological Seminary, Howard University School of Religion, and Wesley Theological Seminary. Bishop worked briefly at a church in Rockville, Maryland, before coming to Greensboro in 1960 to serve as pastor of the Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church. During the sit-ins of the 1960s, he worked to bridge the generational divide between adults and students of the African American community to desegregate local businesses. In 1965, he was appointed to the Human Relations Commission, which he chaired for a number of years. During this same time, he served on many local organizations in various capacities, including the Greensboro Housing Authority, Greensboro Men’s Club, Greensboro NAACP chapter, Pulpit Forum, and Greensboro Citizens Association.

Bishop left Greensboro in 1975 and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he became the minister of the Grace African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1980, he was elevated to bishop in the African Methodist Church, and during this time he served as the president of the North Carolina Council of Churches. In 2005, he retired from the Grace AME Church and he became a Senior Presiding Prelate of the AME Zion Church. Currently, he is involved with many organizations, among them Livingstone College, where he serves as chair of the Board of Trustees, the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, where he serves as senior bishop, and Piedmont Episcopal District, where he serves as bishop.

Items created by this individual or group:
Item thumbnail image Oral history interview with Cecil Bishop by Eugene Pfaff
Date: February 5, 1985
By: Cecil Bishop
From: GreensboroVOICES Collection

In this transcript of a February 5, 1985, oral history interview conducted by Eugene Pfaff with Cecil Bishop, Bishop discusses his impressions of Greensboro, his work with students and local organi...

Item thumbnail image Oral History Interview with Cecil Bishop by William Chafe
Date: 1977
By: Cecil Bishop
From: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

This oral history interview circa 1977 conducted by William Chafe with Cecil Bishop primarily documents Bishop’s recollections of the 1963 protests in Greensboro, including his ministerial colleagu...

Item thumbnail image Oral History Interview with Cecil Bishop by William Chafe
Date: October 13, 1977
By: Cecil Bishop
From: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

In this October 13, 1977, interview conducted by William Chafe with Cecil Bishop, Bishop discusses his membership in the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, the makeup of the chamber, its role in stabi...