On August 30, 2009, renowned evangelist Edward Earl Cleveland died at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Alabama. He was 88.  Cleveland worked for more than 60 years as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor, evangelist, church leader, teacher, and civil rights leader.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. attended one of Cleveland's tent meetings in 1954 in Montgomery and the two created a lasting friendship.  Also in attendance for at least one night of the meetings were local seamstress, Rosa Parks and the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy.

Cleveland marched in several civil rights marches, including the March on Washington.  Cleveland describes his involvement in the civil rights movement in a sermon he delivered during Black History Month on February 11, 2006. 

 
E. E. Cleveland – Black History Month 02-11-06 @ Yahoo!7 Video

 
 

4 Comments

  1. Michael Peabody says:

    Harold Lee and Monte Sahlin wrote a book about E. E. Cleveland that you can get from http://www.creativeministry.org or directly at http://www.adventsource.org/as20/product.aspx?ID=34930

    Description
    E. E. Cleveland: Evangelist Extraordinary by Harold Lee with Monte Sahlin tells the story of one of the greatest Christian evangelists of the 20th century, a man who combined soul-winning with concern for social justice, pioneered the concept of national evangelism campaigns–providing the template for the satellite-linked international campaigns of today– and held large gospel gatherings in the major cities of the world during the urban crisis of the late 1960s and early 1970s. This volume carefully records and analyzes his contribution to the mission of Christ and the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

  2. Michael Peabody says:

    Harold Lee and Monte Sahlin wrote a book about E. E. Cleveland that you can get from http://www.creativeministry.org or directly at http://www.adventsource.org/as20/product.aspx?ID=34930

    Description
    E. E. Cleveland: Evangelist Extraordinary by Harold Lee with Monte Sahlin tells the story of one of the greatest Christian evangelists of the 20th century, a man who combined soul-winning with concern for social justice, pioneered the concept of national evangelism campaigns–providing the template for the satellite-linked international campaigns of today– and held large gospel gatherings in the major cities of the world during the urban crisis of the late 1960s and early 1970s. This volume carefully records and analyzes his contribution to the mission of Christ and the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

  3. Boaz Adegu says:

    Great speech! Inspiring leader!

    It is so comforting that there was such a cloud of right thinking articulate leaders who helped shape events!

  4. Boaz Adegu says:

    Great speech! Inspiring leader!

    It is so comforting that there was such a cloud of right thinking articulate leaders who helped shape events!

 
 
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