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Preacher Angela Cummings declaims from behind a barricade defining the free-speech zone Friday at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press Preacher Angela Cummings declaims from behind a barricade defining the free-speech zone Friday at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Street preacher Angela Cummings has waded through Seattle rainstorms and yelled over partygoers in New Orleans. She cleans her wiry brown hair in Starbucks bathroom sinks and sleeps in 24-hour fitness centers when she can. If there's a spare outlet nearby, she makes coffee with a drip-filter pot she keeps in her hatchback.

The 43-year-old lives in her car and hopes to make it to Miami by Christmas -- if she can find the money.

Cummings, who was born and raised in Chattanooga, became a self-described nondenominational street preacher in 2001. She has toured college campuses from Los Angeles to Athens, Greece, spreading her interpretation of the Bible and God's will.

Her recent appearances at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus have made her second coming anything but secret. And after a Nov. 15 incident involving student Cole Montalvo, who was arrested after riding his bike into Cummings' secured free-speech zone, the academic community has been paying full attention to Chattanooga's native sermonizer and how UTC security monitors her presence.

Read more from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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