Legacy Day on June 5

Madame Martha Jordan’s legacy will be celebrated on Sunday, June 5, 2011. On that day, First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. will host a special Students Doology Hour Service at 4 pm, 219 Hamilton Street in the SouthWedge section of Rochester. All faiths are invited, especially families. In addition to Students Doology Hour every Sunday, First Community Interfaith Institute also is the home of its renowned Charles Riley Tutorial Program, and the First Fruits/Kwanzaa celebration in December.



On Sunday, June 5, 2011, First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. will celebrate the birthday of the woman who inspired Minister Lawrance Lee Evans to create the only interfaith teaching church in Rochester that is a spiritual and cultural organization. Minister Evans developed a unique organization, First Community Interfaith Institute Inc., in 1970. First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. is also a teaching church that is known for serving and educating for the purposes of empowerment and the development of leadership. First Community Interfaith Institute Inc.does not proselyte but welcomes all faiths.


Legacy Day honors the memory of the late Madame Martha McMiller Jordan (1909-1969), a native of Mississippi who mentored  her grandson, Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr. Madame Jordan, a resident of Braceville, Ohio, influenced her grandson to the point that at age 13, he came up with the basic tenets of the study of thought called Doology. Minister Evans has combined academic knowledge with the knowledge of the folkways and cultural norms of his ancestors, taught by Madame Jordan. Madame Jordan, a very influential woman in Ohio, knew African-American icons. It was through Madame Jordan that the young Minister Evans was exposed to heroes and sheroes such as Marcus Garvey,  Zora Neale Hurston, Marie Laveau, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Howard Thurman, Minister Malcolm X, Queen Nzinga of Angola, Yaa Asantewa of the Asante nation in Africa.



Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr., who will be the host of Legacy Day, attended Howard University with a major in civil engineering, graduated with a BS in Business Administration from Youngstown State University (OH) and received his MA from Colgate Rochester Divinity School/Bexley Hall/Crozier Theological Seminary.

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