Anna Knight

(1874-1972). Educator, missionary nurse, Bible and departmental worker, author. As a child in Mississippi, Anna found educational opportunities for a Black child to be almost nonexistent. On Sundays she would play with some White neighbor children, and by listening to them read and spell she soon learned the basic skills. Having no paper or pencil, she practiced her writing by scratching the earth with a stick. By the time she was in her teens she had completed the common branches taught in the country schools of the time, though she had never been inside a schoolhouse. After writing to a New England newspaper requesting that reading materials be sent to her, she received the Signs of the Times from a reader of that paper and was converted to the Seventh-day Adventist faith. Through the he...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.