In Memory: Faith Evans

1941 - 1995


by Beth Corbin


NOW activists nationwide mourn the passing of Faith Evans, a tireless fighter for women's rights and the rights of all disenfranchised people. Born in Brooklyn, New York, on July 4, 1941, Faith died Monday, Sept. 11 of a heart attack.

 Throughout his life Faith fought for the rights of the poor. He was a driving force in the Brooklyn Welfare Rights Organization. During his tenure in Brooklyn, Faith served as Regional Director. In the early 1970s he came to the National office, where he served as the Deputy Director. Faith then spent many years working with the Office of Church in Society of the United Church of Christ on low-income, women's rights and lesbian and gay rights issues and programs.

 In 1992 Faith joined the National Organization for Women's Action Center staff as a Field Organizer, with special emphasis on welfare rights. Faith was instrumental in helping to shape NOW's role in the Up and Out of Poverty NOW Coalition. He was also very active in NOW's campaign to end violence against women, which brought more than 200,000 women and men to Washington, D.C., April 9 for NOW's Rally for Women's Lives.

 In 1994 the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice honored Faith with their national award for "outstanding lifetime service advocating for women's choices." In presenting the award they acknowledged his role as an "unsurpassed model of male solidarity with women" -- citing his work on behalf of poor women and women of color, as well as his leadership in the African-American church community, connecting the issue of abortion rights to broader struggles for justice and self-determination. Faith had served as president of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and co-founded the Women of Color Partnership.

 Faith is survived by his wife Angela Evans and two sons David and Marcelleu Evans. He is also survived by his children Duuna and April Evans of Seattle, Wash., and Renee and Rene Evans of Troy, N.Y. and nine grandchildren.

 A memorial service was held at Lincoln Temple United Church of Christ, in Washington, D.C., on Fri., Sept. 15. A memorial fund has been set up so that NOW activists can honor his memory and provide support to his family in their time of grief and education for his two high-school-aged sons. Contributions to the family, made payable to Angela Evans, may be mailed to her at, 1724 W Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20020.
 
 


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