(1859-1937)
 
We’re celebrating black heroes who made history, and I want to introduce you to Henry Ossawa Tanner, an African American painter born in Pennsylvania. His father was a minister and tried to discourage Henry’s interest in art, but to no avail. However, it did influence him, as most of his paintings carried biblical themes.
 
At twenty-one, Tanner enrolled in the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of the fine Arts as the only African American student.
 
At twenty-one, Tanner enrolled in the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of the fine Arts as the only African American student. In 1891, he traveled to Paris and enrolled at the Académie Julian. During his time abroad, his paintings brought him notoriety. In 1893, he traveled back Pennsylvania where he was met and spurned by racial prejudice. Therefore, he left the United States and returned to Paris.
 
Over the years, he won awards for Daniel in the Lions’ Den and The Raising of Lazarus—a rare accomplishment for an American artist and even more uncommon for an African American.
 
By 1894, his paintings were exhibited at the annual Paris Salon. Over the years, he won awards for Daniel in the Lions’ Den and The Raising of Lazarus—a rare accomplishment for an American artist and even more uncommon for an African American. Tanner’s paintings continued to win awards in Paris and finally in America as well.
 
In 1969, long after his death, the Smithsonian honored him through the first major solo exhibition of a black artist in the United States, recognizing Tanner as the first African American painter to gain international acclaim.
 
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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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