Episode 226: Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr.

This episode is a sermon titled "I'm Black and I'm Proud" (1968), delivered by Reverend Jasper Williams, Jr., Senior Pastor of Salem Bible Church (formerly Salem Baptist Church) in Atlanta, GA, where he has been for over 40 years. The first of four children, born on July 22, 1943, to the late Reverend Jasper W. Williams, Sr. and Alice S. Williams, Reverend Williams Jr. was reared in a devout family environment. He came of age watching his father do God's work as the pastor of Lane Avenue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Pastor Williams experienced a spiritual conversion and accepted his calling at the age of six. On Easter Sunday, April 14, 1963, at the age of 19, Pastor Williams was invited to preach at Salem Baptist Church on Martin Street in Atlanta, Georgia. He left Memphis with the intention to return and become the Associate Pastor of Lane Avenue Baptist Church. These plans were thwarted when he accepted the call to pastor Salem Baptist Church on November 10, 1963.

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