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Prominent Black Church Leaders to Interview 2020 Presidential Candidates before 5,000 Black Millennials at Young Leaders Conference

Prominent Black Church Leaders to Interview 2020 Presidential Candidates before 5,000 Black Millennials August 16-17 at Young Leaders Conference in Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA – The Black Church PAC and the Young Leaders Conference today announced an August 16 and 17 candidates’ forum, where Black church leaders will interview 2020 presidential candidates. The candidate interviews, which will occur before an audience of 5,000 Black millennials, will gauge the candidates’ plans for engaging and communicating with Black churchgoers, ensuring diversity among campaign staff, consultants and vendors and the campaigns’ efforts to engage Black voters around gun violence, mass incarceration, immigration and other key issues. The Black Church Presidential Candidate Conversation Series event is hosted by the Young Leaders Conference in partnership with The Black Church PAC.

At least five 2020 presidential candidates, including Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ), former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg have accepted our invitation to participate. They will join the Rev. Leah Daughtry and Pastor Michael McBride, co-founders of The Black Church PAC, for a discussion about the direction of our country and their vision for the future. Media interested in attending the forums must RSVP to Jennifer Farmer at jenniferr@spotlightpr.org or Heather Cabral at  heather@westendstrategy.com by COB on Wednesday, August 14. Upon doing so, press credentials will be distributed, which are required to gain entry to the forums.

WHO:

  • Pastor Michael McBride, Black Church PAC, LIVE FREE Campaign (Berkeley, CA)
  • Pastor Leah Daughtry, The House of the Lord Church (Washington, D.C.); founding member of Black Church PAC
  • Pastor Mark Moore, Jr., Founder of the Young Leaders Conference (Atlanta, GA)
  • Pastor Traci Blackmon, Executive Minister of Justice & Witness Ministries, United Church of Christ (Ferguson, MO); founding member of Black Church PAC
  • Grammy Award-Winning Producer and Pastor Warryn Campbell, California Worship Center (Hollywood, CA); founding member of Black Church PAC
  • Pastor Jamal Bryant, New Birth Christian Church (Atlanta, GA); founding member of Black Church PAC
  • Bishop Noel Jones, City of Refuge Church (Los Angeles, CA); founding member of Black Church PAC

WHEN:

Friday, August 16 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. – Candidate Conversations with Pastor Michael McBride and Pastor Leah Daughtry and Sen. Cory Booker, Julian Castro and Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Saturday, August 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Candidate Conversations with Pastor Leah Daughtry and Pastor Michael McBride and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders

WHERE: Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, Atlanta, GA (***Note: this will be streamed LIVE on social media***)

“The Black Church is a legacy institution for the Black community,” said the Rev. Michael McBride, Pastor of The Way Christian Center, chairman of the Black Church PAC, and national director for Faith in Action’s LIVE FREE Project. “We believe every serious presidential candidate must communicate to our communities a vision for the future that ends the unjust policies which lead to racism, gun violence, mass incarceration, and economic inequality. We are excited to host these candidates before an audience of prospective voters ahead of the 2020 elections.”

“In my many years of justice ministry and public service, we’ve never had this many presidential candidates running for President,” said the Rev. Leah Daughtry, Co-Founder of the Black Church PAC and Senior Minister-Elect of The House of the Lord Churches. “We believe a series of conversations with presidential candidates before black church audiences is critical. This level of dialogue will allow our communities to hear directly from candidates their vision for the future. The Black Church PAC was created as a vehicle to harness the political power of Black Churches across our many differences. We are blessed to partner with The Young Leaders Conference to kick off our first set of conversations!”

“Our vision for this conference has always been to facilitate transcendent connections across the depths and breadths of the church,” said Pastor Mark Moore, Jr., Conference Host and Founder of The Young Leaders Conference. “The partnership with The Black Church PAC is a highlight of this year’s conference.  And to have confirmed that five presidential candidates will participate demonstrates the inherent power and potential of our black church millennials and the unique appeal of our gathering.”

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Contact: Jennifer Farmer, jenniferr@spotlightpr.org 

Activists and Rappers Michael Render, pka Killer Mike, and Clifford Harris Jr., pka T.I., Extend Support to El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH victims

Atlanta, GA – Following the fatal Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso, Texas where 22 people were killed and dozens others injured, rappers, businessmen and activists Michael Render, pka Killer Mike, and Clifford Harris Jr., pka T.I. today released the following statement:

“We want to offer our deepest sympathies to the families whose lives have been forever changed as a result of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. We also want to recognize Glendon Oakley, a member of the United States Army, who carried several children to safety. Oakley is the antithesis of the domestic terrorists who stalk our communities and our sacred spaces inciting fear and siphoning peace,” said Grammy Award-winning rapper, businessman and activist Michael Render, pka Killer Mike. “We should spare no expense in ensuring that he, and others like him, receives the support, praise and protection that we would afford to any other national treasure. At the end of the day, no one, not even military personnel, should have to fight terror abroad and terror at home.”

“We can’t say enough about how much we grieve with the families who have lost their loved ones,” said three-time Grammy Award-winning rapper, actor and activist Clifford “T.I.” Harris Jr. “Not only do we want to extend support to those in need, but also to people like Glendon Oakley, who courageously put themselves in harm’s way to spare and save lives. We want Glendon and others who have taken heroic stances, to know that they are not alone.”

“While there is significant and deserved attention on mass shootings, we cannot forget the communities who live daily with the threat of gun violence in their neighborhoods,” Harris concluded. “Like the people in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio (where another mass shooting occurred the morning of Aug. 4) they deserve our attention and support as well.”

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