His favorite bible verse comes from Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.”
“This is my favorite bible verse because I truly believe that if I trust in the Lord, he will always direct my path in life. I hold this verse close to my heart and always will because the Lord has brought me this far,” said Rash.
Rash was very active in the civil rights movement in the Mississippi Delta in the early 1960s.
“During the civil rights movement, I joined political activists Fannie Lou Hammer and Amzie Moore in assisting with voter registrations for blacks and a few boycotts throughout the community.
“Mr. Moore was one of my biggest role models during this time because of how active he was in the civil rights movement. He inspired me to become more involved so we could break the racial barriers we faced,” said Rash.
In 1963, Rash graduated from East Side High School, becoming the first person in his family to earn a high school diploma.
After graduating from high school, God chose Rash and he began his long-time service as pastor of the United Baptist Church in Cleveland.
“I was called to the pulpit by God in the year of 1963. I’ve always been a religious person, so I knew this was my purpose in life and I had to fulfill it,” said Rash.
Throughout his 50 years of service to God and his community, Rash has implemented various programs to help his community.
“In 2000, we built the United Family Life Center that gives kids in the community the opportunity to play basketball and other recreational sports during the summer and after school,” said Rash.
“Recently, in 2008, we opened the United Family Life Village Center. This center has a total of 120 units that provides housing for low-income families in our community.”
Cleveland officials honored Rash for his involvement and commitment to the community by dedicating a street after him.
“They named a street after me, Sammie Rash, located off U.S. Highway 61 for my many years of service and faithfulness to the kids in the community,” said Rash.
Rash was born in Sunflower County on July 31, 1942, the youngest of five boys.
He resides in Cleveland and is married to Geraldine Rash. They have three sons Terrance, Marcus, and Roland.