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Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton to call for clergy to register & educate 1.4 million former prisoners at conference of national black churches annual consultation in Florida

Dec 10
Reverend Al Sharpton

Rev. Sharpton to Urge Clergy to Make Florida Ground Zero for Revamping the National Voting Model in Wake of State’s Restoration of Voting Rights to Felons in Wake of Passage of Amendment 4

WHO

Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder & President, National Action Network (NAN)

WHAT

Opening Keynote, 2018 National Consultation, Conference of National Black Churches. In the wake of Florida’s restoration of voting rights to convicted felons, Rev. Sharpton will issue a clarion call for a clergy-driven voter registration effort to add the state’s 1.4 million former prisoners to the voter rolls.

WHERE

Rosen Centre Hotel

9840 International Drive

Orlando, FL 32819

WHEN

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 – 1:30 p.m.

BACKGROUND

The Conference of National Black Churches 2018 National Consultation will take place from December 11-13 in Orlando, FL, featuring eight denominations of religious leaders who will speak about what’s driving white supremacy in today’s current climate. Ministers, Rabbis, Imams and various denominations of Black clergy are among those slated to address the consultation, including civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton; Dr. Otis Moss III, Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ; Dr. Obrey Hendricks, Professor and Theologian from Union Theological Seminary; and many more. The gathering will unite clergy across different faiths and ideologies to combat the climate of hate and discord that has taken root in religious settings across the country, including most recently at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. The religious leaders will make a clarion call for peace and unification in the wake of hate.

According to Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, Chairman of CNBC’s Board of Directors: “It is our moral obligation as Black religious leaders across denominations to preach about coming together across racial, ethnic and religious lines in the time of such rampant hate across the country. We will discuss how we can open our congregations to all people in the wake of so much division while unifying our collective church bases.”

The mission of CNBC is to serve as a unified voice of Black religious bodies that seeks to improve the quality of life for African Americans. We channel our unique voice of faith into advocacy efforts in the areas of education, health, social justice/public policy and economic empowerment.

The Conference of National Black Churches (CNBC) is currently comprised of the national leadership of the eight largest historically Black Denominations in America. The organization represents more than 70% of African American Christians in the United States. The eight denominations, whose national leaders comprise the leadership of CNBC and serve as members of the CNBC Board of Directors include:

 

CNBC uses the influence and power of the leadership of the historically Black denominations to serve as a critical educational, organizational base, voice and influence to advocate for African Americans.

Through CNBC, the member denominations work collectively to become a permanent point of inter-denominationalcoordination for addressing systemic social change that will ultimately result in improving the quality of life for African Americans and other underserved populations as they seek to reach their full potential in American society. CNBC is committed to a national strategy of Black Church intervention in four key areas: social justice/public policy, economic development, health (including supporting hunger initiatives) and education, especially the advancement of academic excellence for children in marginalized communities.

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