Progressive National Baptist Convention Seeks the Return of Moral Values and Civil Rights during 57th Annual Session in Philadelphia
Over 5,000 delegates will gather for weeklong events and a press conference at the Liberty Bell on August 6 to offer a roadmap for the black church as it reclaims its position of social justice leadership in the black community.
Founded during the Civil Rights Movement, PNBC was formed in 1961 to give full voice, sterling leadership and active support to the American and world fight for human freedom. PNBC was the spiritual home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and is still fighting against policies that hurt the poor and vulnerable populations. Poverty, mass incarceration, healthcare, and voting rights are key areas of focus.
A press conference will be held on Monday, August 6 at 1:00 PM at the Liberty Bell to bring attention to the policies of the current Administration that hurt communities of color, the poor, and working-class families as well as the importance of voting in the upcoming midterm elections. Expected speakers include Dr. Perkins; Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, PNBC Social Justice Commission Chair and Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA; Dr. Freddy Haynes, Senior Pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, and Dr. John Mendez, Senior Pastor. Dr. Perkins states, "During the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King, we need to keep his legacy alive by addressing important issues before members of Congress. Dr. King impacted social policy, and we must do the same."
For 2018, the Annual Session will encompass The Angela Project; which is a 3-year movement commemorating the 400th Anniversary of Black Enslavement in America. PNBC members will join members of the National Baptist Convention of America and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship for a rich and empowering symposium on Monday, August 6 from 9:00 a.m. in the plenary ballroom.
Additionally, the Annual Session meeting features preaching from renowned pastors across the country including:
Dr. William Shaw, Jr, Senior Pastor, White Rock Baptist Church, Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Delores Cain, Senior Pastor, Heritage Community Baptist Church, Tampa, Fl
Dr. Ralph D. West, Senior Pastor, The Church Without Walls, Houston, TX
Dr. Albert F. Campbell, Pastor Emeritus, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Charles C. Adams, Presiding Pastor, Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, Detroit, MI
Dr. Harold A. Carter, Jr. Senior Pastor, New Shiloh Baptist Church, Baltimore, Maryland
Accompanying the worship and teaching sessions are Congress of Christian Education classes. The Annual Session also features a Young Adult Expo and Youth and Children's Extravaganza that focuses on leadership, learning, outreach, witness and worship opportunities.
The Annual Session creates a roadmap for the yearlong goals that will guide the member churches in living out the mission of equipping pastors and churches to be effective in ministry and lifting their voices on behalf of the voiceless.
About PNBC - PNBC membership consists of approximately 1.5 million people in the U.S. and 2.5 million people globally. Visit www.pnbc.org.