Louis Gregory Elected to the first National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the USA
In 1912, during the National Bahá’í Convention attended by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Louis Gregory was elected to the Executive Board of Bahá’í Temple Unity, the governing body in North America at the time. In 1922 he was elected to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States and Canada, which superseded the Executive Board. Through these positions, Gregory was one of few African Americans elected to national leadership in any interracial organization in the U.S. the first half of the twentieth century. He served on the National Assembly for fourteen years, and during several elections he received the highest or second highest number of votes cast.
The NSA of the Bahá’ís of the United States and Canada, early 1940s. Seated, L. to R.: Dorothy Baker, Louis Gregory, Leroy Ioas, Amelia Collins. Standing, L. to R.: Siegfried Schopflocher, Roy Wilhelm, Horace Holley, Allen McDaniel, George Latimer.
The photo below was taken roughly around the same time as the election of the NSA in front of Eirenion Hall at Green Acre, Eliot, Maine.
From left to right: Horace Holley, Jenabe Fazel, Louis Gregory and Siegfried Schopflocker. Photo taken circa 1920.
Info courtesy Gayle Morrison, “Louis George Gregory,” Bahá’í Encyclopedia Project, http://www.bahai-encyclopedia-project.org (accessed 17 July 2009).