Sunday, November 21, 2010

Dash Between: Howard O. Jones, internationally known evangelist with the Billy Graham team

Howard O. Jones joined the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) as its first black evangelist and voice of its "Hour of Freedom" radio broadcast in 1958.

He continued doing broadcasts and speaking on behalf of BGEA after retiring in 1993. In 1995, he became the first African American to be inducted into the National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Rev. Jones, who lived a large portion of his life in Oberlin, Ohio, helped organize crusades and rallies around the world. Along the way, he broke down racial barriers in both Christian and secular circles.

He shared details of his life, his family and his ministry in his autobiography, "Gospel Trailblazer: An African-American Preacher's Historic Journey Across Racial Lines," with the help of writer Edward Gilbreath in 2003.

Click here to read about the Dash Between April 12, 1921, when Rev. Jones was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and November 14, 2010, when the retired evangelist died in Seattle, Wash., at age 89, in the November 21, 2010, edition of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

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