REEL Chicago on "It Is No Secret: The Life and Inspiration of Reverend Clay Evans"
The film uses oral histories, archival photos, broadcasts, and music recordings to paint a portrait of Rev. Clay Evans, a Civil Rights leader, award-winning Gospel Music artist, and broadcast ministry trailblazer.
Escaping the hopelessness of the Jim Crow South, Rev. Evans migrated to Chicago in 1945. Within a few years, Evans founded the legendary Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, “the Ship,” where he pastored for 50 years.
Rev. Evans lent support to Operation Breadbasket, the economic arm of Dr. King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, stared down the wrath of Mayor Richard J. Daley, and was the founding National Board Chairman of Operation PUSH (1971-76). Evans challenged the norms of political and church leadership, televised the nationally-acclaimed What a Fellowship Hour, and is widely regarded as Chicago’s Pastor.
Directed by Chicago documentary filmmaker Ines Sommer and produced by Patty Nolan-Fitzgerald, the program features interviews with Reverend Evans, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., Lou Della Evans-Reid, Father Michael Pfleger, Congressman Bobby Rush, Minister Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr, and many others.