Twenty-five faith leaders launched a hunger strike for voting rights on the anniversary of the insurrection.
Faith of Black Lives, a coalition of twenty-five faith leaders from across the nation launched a hunger strike on the first anniversary of the insurrection, January 6, 2022 to urge Congress to protect democracy by passing voting rights legislation by Martin L. King, Jr. Day on January 17, 2022.
Inspired by the “big lie”, the violent insurrection on January 6, 2021 was an attempt to overturn democratic rule in the United States. This attempt continues across the nation as 19 states passed 34 laws impacting the right to vote, specifically targeting communities of color. States enacted laws to reduce early voting, restrict access to absentee ballots, and seize control of non-partisan election administration official functions. In addition, extreme partisan gerrymandering threatens access to Black political representation in state and federal elections for the next decade.
“As faith leaders, we are called to speak truth to power and to raise the conscience of this nation through moral resistance”, said Rev. Stephen A. Green
“As faith leaders, we are called to speak truth to power and to raise the conscience of this nation through moral resistance”, said Rev. Stephen A. Green, Chair, Faith for Black Lives, “this hunger strike reflects our deep commitment to radical love in action to redeem the soul of this nation. As we approach midnight for our democracy, the United States Congress must act urgently to pass voting rights legislation now.”
Hunger Strikers for Voting Rights
- Rev. Stephen A. Green, Chair, Faith for Black Lives, New York, NY
- Rev. Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister, United Church of Christ, Washington, DC
- Rev. Cornell William Brooks, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School, Director, William Trotter Collaborative, Former President/CEO, NAACP, Cambridge, MA
- Rev. Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, Pastor, New Birth Cathedral, Atlanta, GA
- Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, IL
- Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, Pastor, Friendship-West Baptist Church, Dallas, TX
- Rev. Dr Cassandra Gould, Executive Director, Faith Voices, St. Louis, MO
- Rev. Dr. Lanel D. Guyton, Presiding Elder, Brooklyn-Westchester AME District, Brooklyn, NY
- Pastor Timothy Findley, Jr., Pastor, Kingdom Fellowship Church, Louisville, KY
- Rev Renita Green, Pastor, Holy Trinity AME Church, Wilberforce, OH
- Rev. Rodrecus M. Johnson, Jr., Pastor, Anderson Chapel, Killeen, TX
- Rev. Dr. Lenny Marshall, Pastor, St. Philip AME Church, Tallahassee, Fl
- Rev. Derrell Wade, Pastor, Macedonia AME Church, Suffolk, VA
- Rev. Dr. Caesar Roland Richburg, Pastor, Bethel AME Church, Columbia, SC
- Rev. Dr. Jonathan L. Weaver, Pastor, Greater Mt. Nebo AME Church, Mitchellville, MD
- Rev. Rickey C. Dennis, Jr., Pastor, Mt. Nebo AME, Awendaw, SC
- Rev. Redeem Robinson, Community Pastor, All Souls Movement, Los Angeles, CA
- Rev. James Wesley Dennis III, Pastor, Pine Grove AME Church, Columbia, SC
- Rev. Rashad Moore, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY
- Rev. Dr. Roy Jones, Jr., Executive Pastor, Saint Philip AME Church, Atlanta, GA
- Rev. Devon Crawford, Director, William Trotter Collaborative, Harvard Kennedy School
- Rev. Eugene Minson III, Executive Minister, St. Luke AME Church, Harlem, NY
- . Darien Jones, Pastor, Moncks Corner AME Church, Moncks Corner, SC
- Rev. Mary Newton, Pastor, Lee Memorial AME Church, Fort Washington, MD
- Prophet Bryce Graham, Anointed House of Prayer Ministries, West Palm Beach, FL
SOURCE Faith for Black Lives
Everyone Deserves A Lifetime
The San Antonio International Association of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows, Inc. (SAIAMWMW) and Proclaim Posses & Prevail, Inc. are partnering with WINGS (Women Involved in Nurturing, Giving and Sharing, Inc.), a non-profit established in 1999, who provides comprehensive breast health care services to women in Central and South Texas to sponsor “Faith over Fear” Fashion Show Extravaganza. They are joining forces to raise the bar for greater Quality of Life (QoL) outcomes for the underserved, uninsured and all who suffer socially, emotionally, and spiritually from the impact of breast cancer. The intent is to help set the state for building a stronger network of compassionate individuals, families, and communities in closing the gap from diagnosis to treatment.
We all likely know someone who has battled or survived breast cancer, and we are aware of the physical and financial impact cancer can have on individuals and their families. Therefore, supporters have an opportunity to be a part of this great event on Saturday, October 29th at 4:00PM at the Ella Austin Community Center, 1023 N. Pine St. All donation amounts are welcomed and are appreciated. To understand how a donation can make an even greater impact, supporters may consider sponsoring a patient. Various donations amounts can help relieve tremendous burdens. For example, a $50 donation pays for one lab; $100 pays for one oncology appointment; $250 pays for one scan; $500 pays for one MRI; $1000 pays for three courses of chemotherapy; $1,500 pays for one radical mastectomy; or $6,000 pays for one woman’s radiation treatment.
Everyone can help raise the bar, impact quality of life, and close the gap from diagnosis to treatment. For more information or to purchase a ticket call Michelle Reid at (210) 383-1723 or Sandra Jolla at (469)682-8199. Donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 40217, San Antonio, TX 78229.
Black Worship XI Pictorial
Soul of the Nation Gospel Concert to Air on TV One
Presented in Partnership with the National Endowment of the Humanities
Featuring Remarks by First Lady Jill Biden
Featured Performers Include JJ Hairston, Tamela Mann, the Morehouse College Glee Club
(SILVER SPRING, MD) March 4, 2022 – Celebrating Black History Month, TV One will air The Soul of the Nation Gospel Concert, featuring remarks by First Lady Jill Biden and performances by top Gospel artists such as JJ Hairston and Tamela Mann. The prerecorded event will re-air on Sunday, March 6 at 5 pm EST/4C on TV One.
The celebration will be hosted by Grammy-nominated Juan Winans and will feature musical performances by Madeline Howze, Tamela Mann, JJ Hairston and The Morehouse College Glee Club. Closing the event is Bishop William Murphy, III, the founder and lead pastor of The Dream Center Church of Atlanta, one of the nation’s most influential ministries leading the way in worship and community outreach. The program celebrates the history and impact of Gospel music and is sure to bring warmth and solace to both American and global viewers alike.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the federal cultural agency that funds research, public programs, and preservation work in fields such as history, literature, and religion, will also feature NEH-supported projects and humanities experts in this year’s program. The event will include commentary from Jesse P. Karlsberg, PhD Senior Digital Scholarship Strategist, Emory Center for Digital Scholarship and Southern Spiritual Music expert, Rev. Dr. James Abbington, representing the Sounding Spirit initiative, based at Emory University, digitizing historic American sacred songbooks.
This year’s event marks the first time the program is being aired in partnership with TV One. “We are honored the White House and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden selected TV One to be part of this monumental Black History Month celebration,” said Michelle Rice, president of TV One Networks. Through the decades, U.S. presidents of both the Democratic and Republican parties have held official celebrations for Black History Month, where Black leaders, celebrities, and allies concerned with and for the community gather for music, dialogue and fellowship.
About the National Endowment for the Humanities: Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at neh.gov.
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