African-American personality Michael Beckwith is one of the prolific spiritual leaders of the world. He has founded/co-founded various organizations like the Association for Global Thought and Agape International Spiritual Center, which are committed towards planetary healing and transformation.
Along with that, he is also a leading New Thought minister who has authored several books such as Spirit Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential, Life Visioning, Inspirations of the Heart, and A Manifesto of Peace.
Moreover, he has associated with many spiritual leaders of the world, which include the Dalai Lama, Arun Gandhi, and Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne, for the sake of peacekeeping.
Bio (Age) Plus Family
Michael Beckwith was born on 21st July 1956 as Michael Bernard Beckwith to his parents, Francis Bernard Beckwith and Alice G. Beckwith. Unfortunately, he lost both of his parents–his mother died on 6th March 2012, and his father died on 13th May 2019.
Also, he has two brothers named Anthony Charles and Akili Francis.
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For his education, Michael first studied at Morehouse College and later transferred to the University of Southern California. After that, he got enrolled and graduated from the Ernest Holmes College School of Ministry in 1985.
Michael Beckwith’s Married Life: Wife & Children
Michael Beckwith was married to Rickie ‘Byars’ Beckwith, the founder-creative director of the Rhythm and Joy Festival.
They shared the wedding vows on 10th December 2000.
Michael Beckwith with his wife Rickie ‘Byars’ Beckwith in 2014 (Photo: gettyimages.com)
Together, Michael and Rickie are blessed with two children, a daughter named Micaela Beckwith, and a son named Killu Beckwith, who is a DJ.
But their marital bond wasn’t meant to be together for long, as Rickie filed for divorce against Michael on 9th March 2017. As of now, there is no news if their divorce is finalized or not—the court’s last hearing was on 16th April 2019.
Before marrying Michael, Rickie was married to Ronald Muldrow. From her marriage with Ronald, Rickie has two children, a son named Stephen Muldrow and a daughter named Georgia Anne Muldrow.
Career In The Entertainment Industry
Michael Beckwith has managed to make a decent name in the film industry. In 2009, he produced two documentaries named Michael Bernard Beckwith: The Answer Is You and Spiritual Liberation.
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Moreover, he has played in two movies, 1997’s Irish Whiskey and 2015’s Ex-Free. Similarly, he has appeared in numerous TV series which include I Married a Princess (2005), Tavis Smiley (2010), Curb: The Discussion (2010), The Real L Word (2011), Exhale (2014), Mandala (2015), and Super Soul Sunday (2016).
Furthermore, he is a regular guest in Oprah Winfrey and Larry King’s show. As of now, he is busy with the filming of two documentaries, 24 Peaces, and One Planet.
Awards & Achievements
- Humanitarian Award (1999)
- Inducted in the World’s Religions’ Assembly of the Parliament (1999)
- Gandhi-King-Ikeda Award (2001)
- Africa Achievement Peace Award (2004)
- Black Aids Institute Hero Award (2006)
- Ebony Magazine’s 150 Award (2009)
Interesting Facts About Michael Beckwith
On 10th December 2015, Michael and his wife celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary.
Altogether, he has six grandchildren from his children and step-children.
On 13th July 2013, he wished his daughter on her birthday.
On 27th July 2016, he, his daughter, and his father celebrated their birthday together.