Category Archives: Dr. Elsie Austin

1934

Dr. Elsie Austin Becomes Bahá’í

One of the first African Americans lawyers in the US, Dr. Elsie Austin learned about the Bahá’í Faith through Louis Gregory and Dorothy Baker.  In 1944, she was elected to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the US.  Dr. Austin traveled the world assisting Baha’i communities and serving on local institutions.  She helped to establish Baha’i communities in both northern and western Africa.

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Photo Courtesy of the Bahá'í International Community

From 1946-53 Elsie Austin was a member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States. From left to right: H. Borrah Kavelin, Mamie Seto, W. Kenneth Christian, Elsie Austin, Paul Haney, Edna True, Horace Holley, Dorothy Baker, Matthew Bullock. April 1953.

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Photo Courtesy of the Bahá'í International Community

Enoch Olinga, later to be appointed a Hand of the Cause of God (second left), and Elsie Austin (right) with other Bahá’ís at the African Intercontinental Baha’i Conference, Kampala, Uganda, 1953.

Elsie Austin

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Elsie Austin (wearing coat and holding frame, seated center) with women attending the first Bahá’í Convention in Tunis, Tunisia. 1956.

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