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Reverend Clay Evans

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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Minister
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Blue, Gray
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Trust In The Lord With All Your Heart And Lean Not On Your Own Understanding; In All Your Ways Submit To Him, And He Will Make Your Paths Straight.

Birthplace

Born:
6/23/1925
Birth Location:
Brownsville, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Minister
Nonprofit Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Blue, Gray
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Trust In The Lord With All Your Heart And Lean Not On Your Own Understanding; In All Your Ways Submit To Him, And He Will Make Your Paths Straight.

Birthplace

Born:
6/23/1925
Birth Location:
Brownsville
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Biography

Aside from his duties as leader of Fellowship Baptist Church, Reverend Evans has also developed an extensive evangelical following. His weekly sermons reach millions of people throughout the Midwest and the South via television and radio. Altogether, Reverend Evans' ministry broadcasts reach an audience that is spread across ten states. The radio and television programs often feature gospel songs from the Fellowship Baptist Church's 250-voice choir, which has produced eight gospel albums with Reverend Evans as vocal soloist.

Reverend Evans has been a leader in the civil rights movement since 1965, when he joined forces with Reverend Jesse Jackson and helped create Operation PUSH. Between 1971 and 1976, Reverend Evans served as National Board Chairman of this prestigious national organization. As Chairman of PUSH, Reverend Evans was responsible for setting the direction of the important African American organization. In 1988 he was appointed as a member of the International Committee of Reference, which seeks to create a global ministry.

In 1982 Reverend Evans published his autobiography, "From Plough Handle to Pulpit", which describes his journey from the fields of Brownsville, Tennessee to the forefront of the international civil rights struggle. During the course of his many years in the pulpit, Reverend Evans has been responsible for launching the ministerial careers of eighty-one persons who have studied with him. Currently, Reverend Evans is married to Lutha Mae Hollingshed, with whom he has five children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Reverend Clay Evans talks about the Civil Rights ministers who influenced him
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reverend Clay Evans talks about the role the church played in the black community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend Clay Evans talks about the impact the Civil Rights movement had on the U.S., pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend Clay Evans talks about the impact the Civil Rights movement had on the U.S., pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend Clay Evans describes the tenets of the Bible
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend Clay Evans describes how he wants to be remembered
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Slating of Reverend Clay Evans' interview
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend Clay Evans describes his parents and his siblings
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend Clay Evans lists his favorites
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend Clay Evans talks about his family's background as sharecroppers in Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend Clay Evans describes his maternal and paternal grandfathers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend Clay Evans describes his father, Henry Clay Evans
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend Clay Evans talks about working alongside his father, Henry Clay Evans, growing up as sharecroppers in Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reverend Clay Evans describes his mother, Estanuly Evans
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Reverend Clay Evans describes the sights, smells, and sounds of his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Reverend Clay Evans talks about the racism and discrimination he experienced growing up in Tennessee in the 1920s and 1930s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reverend Clay Evans describes the violence and racism he experienced as a black youth growing up in Brownsville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reverend Clay Evans describes himself as a slow learner as a student
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reverend Clay Evans talks about attending Woodlawn Baptist Church growing up in Brownsville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reverend Clay Evans talks about the role of religion in his household growing up in Brownsville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reverend Clay Evans describes attending Woodlawn School and then Carver High School in Brownsville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reverend Clay Evans talks about moving to Chicago, Illinois in 1945 after graduating from Carver High School in Brownsville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reverend Clay Evans talks about wanting to be an undertaker like the prosperous black undertakers in Brownsville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Reverend Clay Evans talks about spending his summers in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Reverend Clay Evans talks about marrying his wife, Lutha Mae Evans, in 1945 and entering the Chicago Baptist Institute to become a preacher
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reverend Clay Evans describes attending seminary at the Chicago Baptist Institute
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reverend Clay Evans describes developing leadership skills as a preacher
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reverend Clay Evans talks about his relationship with other denominations and religions
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reverend Clay Evans talks about starting the Fellowship Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois, in 1950
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reverend Clay Evans talks about the growth of his congregation through his broadcast through WYCA in Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reverend Clay Evans talks about his influences and values when founding Fellowship Baptist Church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Reverend Clay Evans talks about the role of music in his ministry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Reverend Clay Evans talks about the split in the National Baptist Convention during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1961
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Reverend Clay Evans describes working with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he came to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Reverend Clay Evans talks about getting involved with HistoryMaker Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. and working with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he came to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Reverend Clay Evans talks about the difficulty of getting the Fellowship Baptist Church built in the 1960s in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Reverend Clay Evans describes working with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1960s, when he came to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Reverend Clay Evans talks about beginning Operation PUSH with HistoryMaker Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. in 1971
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Reverend Clay Evans describes his relationship with HistoryMaker Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Reverend Clay Evans talks about the death of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Reverend Clay Evans describes working on the Poor People's Campaign in 1968 in Washington D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Reverend Clay Evans talks about his theology and religious philosophy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Reverend Clay Evans describes what he wants his legacy to be
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Reverend Clay Evans gives advice to young people seeking spirituality
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Reverend Clay Evans talks about his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Reverend Clay Evans narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Reverend Clay Evans narrates his photographs, pt. 2