In this document, MOTHER DIVINE explains why FATHER DIVINE’s Peace Mission Movement celebrates “American Christmas” on December 19.
Peace Mission CD 12-1, track 2.
Colonel Hubert Fauntleroy Julian was a prominent American aviator who distinguished himself with dramatic aerial showmanship over the skies of the northeastern United States, Europe and Africa in the 1920s-1940s. He also served as the pilot for Emperor Hailie Selassie and was Commander of the small Ethiopian Air Force. Col. Julian was especially privileged to serve as a personal pilot to FATHER DIVINE in the 1930s. In those years, FATHER DIVINE would charter airplanes to travel between New York City and other northeastern cities with Peace Mission Extensions. Col. Julian was a friend of the Peace Mission who admired FATHER DIVINE’s Work and Mission; he visited Woodmont in the late 1960s.
Another pilot serving FATHER was a Peace Mission member known as “Flying Determination.” Miss Determination was one of the earliest dark-complexioned female aviators in American History.
Here is a December 5, 1939 interview between FATHER DIVINE and Col. Julian, as published in The New Day.
After the song “How Good it is to Dwell Together in Unity,” (first few seconds have flaws in the original recording), FATHER DIVINE speaks in answer to the question, “What does MY Religion consist of?” and also makes comments about the Universality of GOD and the independence of India. Given at Circle Mission Church, Philadelphia, Nov 25, 1949, 5:00pm. Peace Mission CD 10-2, track 1.