MBP 2019 Edition2 - Page 70

Reverend Dr. Julius C. Hope
1932- October 24,2018
Born to the late Reverend Robert L. Hope and Zeola King Hope.
As a young man, Dr. Hope graduated from Alabama State University, where he distinguished himself as a
Football Quarterback and a catcher on the Baseball team, while also pledging Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Upon graduation, Dr. Hope went on to serve in the United States Air Force for four years. He later enrolled in
the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), earning his Master of Sacred Theology Degree. While
attending ITC, Dr. Hope simultaneously pastored Zion Baptist Church in Brunswick Ga and was Georgia
Branch President of the NAACP, a position held for fifteen years. Not only was Dr. Hope a multi-tasker;
scholar, preacher and advocate for Social Justice, he was also a prominent entrepreneur and fostered local
economic development. Dr. Hope was soon called to continue to share the word of God in Macon, Ga, where
his desire to help the people was evident when he ran for Mayor during his tenure as Pastor of First Baptist
Pastor R. Loretta Williams April 2, 1956 - October 24, 2018
Pastor Williams was born April 2, 1956 to the late Ida Mae Higgins and Colbert James Gainey.
During the course of her life, Pastor Williams acquired a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and Theology. She
was also presented with an Honorary Doctorate in Theological Studies.
As a little girl growing up in Unionville, she often preached to her dolls and teddy bears, referring to them as
her first church. Going to church for prayer was important to Pastor Williams and it was on one of these daily
visits, she met two strangers, who not only anointed her but also gave her a message from the Lord that she
would one day preach to Nations. Pastor Williams established Word of Salvation Church and Loretta Williams
Outreach Ministries. Throughout her years, Pastor Williams traveled around the world preaching the word of
God, making it relevant and unforgettable. Impacting and imparting biblical principals she applied to her
everyday life. As a shepherd, she enjoyed and loved to feed her sheep.
“Hope” was always a vital part of his strength and message. His work and dedication to the causes for Social
Justice and Civil Rights will forever be noteworthy. Reverend Dr. Hope served as President of the Georgia
State Conference of NAACP Branches for 18 years. His outstanding leadership qualities caught the eye of the
Governor Jimmy Carter, who appointed him to the Human Relations Council for the State of Georgia. Over 37
years ago, at the NAACP National Convention, Reverend Dr. Hope was urged to preach by Dr. Ben Hooks, that
sermon launched him into the position as the National Director of Religious Affairs for the NAACP. Reverend
Dr. Hope will forever be known as the “voice of the people” because of his service and viligent fight for
equality for all people.
Reverend Dr. Hope was a revered member of our global community. As a testament to the dedication and
loyalty of Reverend Dr. Julius C. Hope, the NAACP established two awards in his honor, “The Reverend Julius
C. Hope Hall of Fame Award” and “The Julius C. Hope Champion of Social Justice Award”. Reverend Hope
became the 6th recipient of one of the NAACP’s most prestigious awards, The Medgar Evers Award, which
recognizes outstanding service to the NAACP and devotion to the cause of Civil Rights. Over the years, he was
the recipient of numerous awards, too many to name, but most notably were, The Distinguished Alumni
Award from Alabama State University in 2005, “Who’s Who In Black Detroit”, and The James Weldon
Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award and The Legacy of Hope Award.


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