Zach Mills is a communications scholar and public speaking consultant who studies race, religion, media, and popular culture. He earned an MDiv focusing on social justice and an MA in preaching from Vanderbilt University, and a PhD in Rhetoric and Public Culture from Northwestern University. His work examines the power of communication to confront social, cultural, and political oppression.
One of America’s most famous gospel singers, civil rights heroes, and the godfather of Chicago’s black preachers, Reverend Clay Evans inspired a city and a nation to see, hear, and witness the dignity and value of black lives.
Zach Mills’s lively and powerful biography, The Last Blues Preacher, brings the life and work of Reverend Evans into our time and examines how current national conversations on race, religion, politics, and popular culture can and should inform contemporary activism.