Tuesday, December 18, 2007
TOBIAS, CHANNING H.
TOBIAS, CHANNING H. Channing H. Tobias (1882-1961) was U. S. Alternate Delegate to the United Nations during the early 1950's. In addition to his role in international affairs, Tobias was an ordained minister of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church. He was also a professor of biblical literature at Paine College and a former chairman of the board of directors of the NAACP. Active in the early stages of the Civil Rights Revolution, Tobias was awarded the NAACP's Spingarn medal in 1948 for his role "in defending fundamental American liberties." Two years later, he became the first African American to receive an honorary degree from New York University.