The Common Good
April 2005

Black Baptist Power

by Rose Marie Berger, Mark Betz | April 2005

Ten thousand African-

Ten thousand African-American Baptist ministers, lay leaders, and activists met in Nashville in January for what has been hailed as a watershed gathering. The meeting marked the first time that the four prominent American black Baptist conventions, representing a community of 30 million people, met together. In their joint statement, the four groups - the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.; the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc.; the Progressive National Baptist Convention Inc.; and the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America - say they intend to forge a common social justice agenda in which they will oppose school vouchers, prison privatization, and the war in Iraq and support an increased minimum wage as well as aid to Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

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