Life History of Rev. John C. Mickle


Reverend Dr. John Charles Mickle Jr. minister and educator, was born in Birmingham, Alabama on December 3, 1914 to late Mr. John C. Mickle, Sr., high school principal and Mrs. Ethelyn Simmons Mickle, elementary school teacher, who proceded him in death many years ago. He graduated from Industrial Parker High School, Birmingham, Alabama and recieved his junior college diploma from Alabama A& M University, Normal, Alabama. He received A Bachelor of Arts degree from Talladega College, Talladega, Alabama in 1936. Heeding the call to the ministry, he entered the Graduate School of Divinity, Howard University, Washington, D.C., and later


















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received his Master of Divinity at the Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois in 1939.

After graduating from Talladega College, Reverend Mickle received a full scholarship to attend the graduate School of Divinity at Howard University in Washington, D. C. from Benjamin Mays who was then the divinity school's Dean of Religion: Dr. Benjamin E. Mays was later President of Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia.

Reverend Mickle's service to God has been varied and wide from his first pastoral assignment at Mt. Zion Congregational United Curch of Christ, Cleveland, Ohio in 1941. His 4th Pastory in Memphis, Tennessee.

One of the 1960's Memphis demonstrators states that she remembers Reverend Mickle encouraging and praying with the group of demonstrators before they went to sit-in. Mrs. Sadie Mickle, his wife says she also remembers him going to the jails to post bond to help get those who were arrested out of jail. Most of the demonstrators were LeMoyne College Students.