Gray to deliver keynote speech for annual Marshall UNCF banquet


Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray, Jr., pastor of New Sardis Baptist Church in Memphis and a long-time community activist, will be the speaker for the 19th Annual Holly Springs/Marshall County United Negro College Fund (UNCF) banquet.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Shaw Cafeteria in the Brown Mass Communications Center at Rust College.           

Gray has served as pastor of New Sardis for more than 10 years and has seen the membership grow to more than 700 members. He is the health coordinator for the Memphis Affiliate of the Congress of National Black Churches. In this capacity, he leads the Memphis affiliate in health ministries and environmental justices. Gray is the vice president of the Memphis satellite of Operation Push and serves on the Tennessee Human Rights Commission.

Tickets for the banquet are $15 each and raffle tickets for gasoline or groceries are $2 each. For more information, contact Frances Hathorne at 662-252-8000, ext. 4913.