We remember Pastor William H. Gray, III. As a political icon, Gray was a leading democratic voice for the poor and working class, and blazed the trail for African Americans in politics today. Serving in Congress from 1979-1991 representing Pennsylvania's 2nd district, Gray rose to become House Majority Whip, making him the fourth highest ranking member of the House. Gray left Congress in 1991 to become the President and CEO of The United Negro College Fund from 1991 to 2004, raising over $2.3 billion during his tenure for students' education. Throughout that entire time, Gray served at Philadelphia's Bright Hope Baptist Church, where he succeeded his father as Pastor in 1972. Gray, who would commute from his congressional and UNCF offices to deliver Sunday sermons, stepped down as Pastor in 2007. William Gray was attending the Wimbledon tennis matches in London when he died suddenly of natural causes at the age of 71.
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