By Carmen M. Woodson-Wray, Gary Crusader Ever since New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church’s Anointed Voices Choir recorded its CD “Longtime Coming, Legacy Fulfilled,” choir members have been traveling and performing with some of the legendary gospel artists in the country....
By Effie Rolfe, Chicago Crusader It was a night to remember as the Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago hosted an epic event to commemorate the legendary Rev. Dr. Clay Evans at the Harold Washington Library for the...
Every Saturday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. the Trinity United Church of Christ-Gary serves hot meals in its Chakula Kitchen and Somebody’s Clothing Closet gives away clothing. No ID is needed. The church is located at 1276 West 20th...
One of the music world’s most beloved gospel music pioneers, Ann Yancy passed away on March 12, 2018 at the age of 88. Affectionately known as “Mama Ann,” Yancy was a major and integral part of the rich history...
Dr. Warrick L. Carter, music educator, composer, performer, executive and college president, passed at the age of 75 at his residence in Sanford, Florida on July 15 after a brief illness. Warrick L. Carter was born on May 6, 1942...
Charles Jenkins, Senior Pastor of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, to retire at the end of 2019. Charles Jenkins, Senior Pastor of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, has announced his retirement, effective December 31, 2019. Jenkins joined the...
Fred Marberry passed on March 21, 2019 in Robbins, IL, at the home he shared with his wife, Geta Aikens Marberry. Marberry was an inspiration and role model for his 10 children, and for many of his friends and relatives. He...

HALLELUJAH!

By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader It was once the birthplace of Gospel music before a devastating fire destroyed the historic landmark Pilgrim Baptist Church building in Bronzeville over a decade ago. Now, after years of legal battles, financial problems and calls...
By Chinta Strausberg, Chicago Crusader Civil rights activist Reverend Dr. Charles Koen died Friday, July 20 2018, in a hospital near Cairo, Illinois, a source confirmed on Monday. Dr. Koen, who was born on August 7, 1945, once worked with several...
By Carmen M. Woodson-Wray, Gary Crusader In 1918, a prayer band consisting of 13 people meeting in various homes in Gary felt the need for a church to fulfill them spiritually in their service to God. Sister Thompson, secretary of...