(1745-1799)
 
We’re celebrating black heroes who made history, and I want to introduce you Joseph Bologne, who was born in Guadeloupe to a prominent French plantation owner and an African slave, but moved to France as a teenager.
 
This was a man of extraordinary talent.
 
Because of his elite skill in fencing and horsemanship, he was assigned as an officer of the king’s bodyguard and acquired the title Chevalier de Saint-Georges. This was a man of extraordinary talent. He was a champion fencer, master violinist and harpsichordist, classical music composer, and even became a colonel in the French Revolution. 
 
By 1771, he became the concertmaster and music director of a leading symphony in Paris.
 
By 1771, he became the concertmaster and music director of a leading symphony in Paris. In 1775, the Paris Opera was considering his nomination to be the next director. However, three of its leading women petitioned him because he was a “mulatto.” To avoid embarrassing the Queen, Bologne withdrew his name. Nevertheless, he continued to write and direct esteemed operas and classical compositions. Unfortunately, people called him “The Black Mozart.” It may seem like a compliment, but in reality, it was and is demeaning. Bologne doesn’t need to be compared to anybody, but celebrated for who he was and what he did. He was the first classical composer of African ancestry, and president John Adams called him “the most accomplished man in Europe.”
 
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Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.


At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.


Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.


Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.



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