(1898-1979)
 
We’re celebrating black heroes who made history, and I want to introduce you to Sandy Frederick Ray, close friend of Martin Luther King Sr. Martin’s son, King Jr., viewed Ray as a father figure and called him “Uncle Sandy.” 
 
Ray served Baptist churches in Georgia, Illinois, and Ohio, where he became an acclaimed Sunday radio preacher and the first black representative elected to the Ohio State Legislature.
 
Ray served Baptist churches in Georgia, Illinois, and Ohio, where he became an acclaimed Sunday radio preacher and the first black representative elected to the Ohio State Legislature. In 1944, Ray felt called to Cornerstone Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York, where he pastored until his death. In 10 years, under Ray’s leadership, Cornerstone grew from 2,500 to 5,500 members, added multiple buildings, a daycare, and established a credit union.
 
People travelled to Brooklyn to hear Ray’s dynamic preaching, but he also used his voice and platform to advance civil rights. In July 1957, Ray invited Billy Graham to preach on the steps outside his church. More than 3,000 people attended to hear Graham preach against racist segregationist laws, calling for changes to legislation at the national level. 
 
King Jr. said that Ray was one of the strongest orators in the African American church.
 
Ray remained close to the King family. He fundraised for and assisted King Jr. during his arrests, supported the Montgomery bus boycotts, publicly rebuked southern white supremacists, and condemned segregation before the House Committee. King Jr. said that Ray was one of the strongest orators in the African American church. He should be celebrated for his faithfulness in ministry and involvement in civil rights.
 
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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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