Alexander Crummell was born free in New York. He received a good education. Although racial injustice denied him entrance to General Theological Seminary, he was eventually ordained in the Episcopal Church. He went on to accomplish extraordinary things and served as a notable scholar. His influence reached the likes of W. E. B. DuBois all the way to Dr. King. I encourage you to read more about him here and here. The following is a prayer he wrote toward the end of his life. I invite you to receive it keeping his context, the world in which he lived, in mind.
“We bless God for all the favors and the mercies of the year! for health, comfort, prosperity, the means of grace and for the hope of glory. We bless Him for even the tribulations of our lot in this land, which is, without doubt, a schooling for future greatness. We bless Him for the promise, discovered to sight by signal providences, of usefulness and exalted service, for Him, in this nation, in coming times. And we beseech Him, for the Redeemer’s sake to make us faithful men and women, in our families, with our children, in the church. In the entire Race: for the glory of His great name, for the succor and safety of the nation and for the good of man.”