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    African American Clergy to Unite with Occupy Wall Street

    As the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to grow nationally, African American Clergy and civil rights leaders have announced their intention to lend themselves to the OWS efforts under the banner “Occupy the Dream”.

    Throughout October, the Nation turned its attention towards Oakland as news of the Occupy Oakland removal went viral.  We at Faith in the Bay are grateful for African American clergy that responded to our call for a collection of prayers for Occupy Oakland.

    I invite you to read the prayers submitted by:  
    Servant Brian K. Woodson  |  Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright  |  Rev. Michael Smith  |  Rev. Dion Evans

    Details of Wednesday’s Press Conference are included below: 

    WHO: African American Clergy, and Civil Rights Leaders Join with Representatives of Occupy Wall Street (David DeGraw & Shamar Thomas)           

    WHEN: Wednesday, December 14, 2011, at 10:00 A.M.

    WHERE: National Press Club
    529 14 Street NW
    Washington, DC 20045

    WHAT: Press conference to announce Occupy Wall Street is expanding its base and intensifying its efforts by welcoming Black church clergy to join the movement to address income inequality and economic injustice under the banner of Occupy the Dream.

    INFO:  Dr. Jamal Bryant, Dr Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. and African American clergy from across the country will gather to announce their integration into the Occupy movement to launch and mobilize Occupy the Dream.

    ABOUT : Dr. Jamal Bryant, the new millennium minister; known for his no-holds-barred, outspoken style. Prior to his role as pastor, Dr. Bryant served as the National Director of the NAACP’s Youth and College division. His tremendous talents ignited immediate success when in April 2000 he founded Empowerment Temple Church. From the 43-member home Bible study group to the fastest-growing church in the AME denomination with a current membership of 10,000.  Over the years, Dr. Bryant’s contributions have been highlighted in numerous publications, including Ebony, Gospel Today, USA TODAY, and The Source. He has also appeared on BET’s Meet the Faith, CNN, C-Span, and Politically Incorrect, and served as a panelist for national town hall meetings such as State of the Black Union hosted by Tavis Smiley. He has been named “one of the nation’s most intriguing Christian figures” by GospelToday Magazine and “one of America’s future leaders” by Ebony Magazine

    Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.  a civil rights icon and veteran with a long track record of service for the National Council of Churches in the U.S.A.; the United Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice in the 1970s and 1980s; and in the 1960s Dr. Chavis was the NC State Youth Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Chavis was also the former Executive Director and CEO of the NAACP and the National Director of the Million Man March in the 1990s; Dr. Chavis is Co-Founder with Russell Simmons of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN).  Dr. Chavis has been providing assistance to Russell Simmons in support of Occupy Wall Street.

    CONTACT:  Nicole Kirby: 301-440-6542 


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