Washington, DC – Today, The Congressional Black Caucus will hold their inaugural Faith Leaders Summit in conjunction with the Conference of National Black Churches during their Annual Consultation. Hundreds of our nation’s leading African American Church leaders will gather to discuss major voting rights issues facing our community. Attorney General Eric Holder will give the keynote address.
“The attack on voting rights is not only coordinated, it is dangerous and it is the worst we’ve seen since Jim Crow. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called voting the ‘foundation stone for political action.’ The laws restricting access significantly chip away from that stone”, said Chairman Emanuel Cleaver. “Given the immense challenge before us, the CBC has decided to take this matter into our own hands and this time we are working with the Black Church, which has diligently served our community for over 200 years fighting for freedom, justice, and equality when African Americans had nowhere else to turn”.
The National Conference of Black Churches (CNBC) holds their “National Consultation” event annually. The CNBC is comprised of 9 denominations that represent congregations all over the United States, with an estimated reach of over 10 million. Their Membership includes 9 denominations: African Methodist Episcopal, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Church of God in Christ, Full Gospel Baptist Church International, National Baptist Convention Inc, International, The National Baptist Convention USA, Inc, The National Missionary Baptist Convention of America, and the Progressive National Convention, Inc. However, during the summit the event is open to all faiths and denominations. The event willl be held today May 30, 2012 9am – 5pm at The Renaissance Hotel located at 999 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 2001