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DATE: Oct. 22, 2004

'An Evening with Pastor Marvin L. Winans' at UM-Dearborn

DEARBORN---"An Evening with Pastor Marvin L. Winans" will be presented at the University of Michigan-Dearborn at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10 in Room 1030 of the campus's College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building.

Marvin Winans

Three generations of the Winans family have recorded and have collectively earned more than 20 Grammy Awards and other prestigious citations. The recording entities in the family include: The Winans, the four brothers, including Marvin Winans, who were the first to gain international attention; the parents of the 10 Winans' siblings, Delores and David, Sr., known the world over as "Mom and Pop" Winans; BeBe and CeCe Winans; and The Winans Phase 2, consisting of four of the sons and nephews of The Winans.

Winans, who is founder and pastor of Perfecting Church in Detroit, will speak about "Detroit, Gospel Music and the Winans Family."

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the University's Religion and African American Culture Lecture Series, which is sponsored by the African and African American Studies Program and Center for the Study of Religion and Society at UM-Dearborn. A reception will follow the presentation.

"With the rise in the 1980s and 1990s of the controversial urban contemporary gospel sound, with its street beats, everyday language, and 'secular' instrumentation, the Motor City became recognized as a major hub of Black sacred music," according to Deborah Smith Pollard, director of the African and African-American Studies program at UM-Dearborn. "We are delighted to have Pastor Winans as part of our series. We look forward to hearing his perspective on why and how Detroit and the Winans family came to be dominant forces in creating gospel music that 'crossed over' into other communities on this continent and around the world."

Established with eight members in the basement of Winans' home, Perfecting Church held its first official service on May 27, 1989. Since then, the church has grown into a ministry with more than 3,000 members.

The congregation has many outreach programs, including the Perfecting Community Development Corporation, which launched the Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts, the Amelia Agnes Transitional Home for Women, and
the Jenesta McCraw Youth Activity Center.

"An Evening with Pastor Marvin L. Winans" is supported by Diversity Challenge Grants from the UM-Dearborn Office of the Provost and the King/Chavez/Parks Initiative.

For more information, contact Pollard at (313) 593-5213 or debpoll@umd.umich.edu

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