April 22, 2017

Disciples Among Leaders Planning Events for the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. King.

An important gathering of faith leaders took place on April 21st, 2017, at National City Christian Church in Washington, DC. Convened by Rev. Dr. Alvin Jackson, co-founder and co-president of the Disciples Centerfor Public Witness, the purpose of the meeting was to begin organizing a year-long, nationwide series of gatherings and events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King and, in these very challenging times, to continue the crucial work he began. The meeting included comments by Dr. James Forbes, Senior Pastor Emeritus at Riverside Church in New York, and Tamika Mallory, a leader in the Black Lives Matter movement and one of the key organizers of the Women's March.

According to the invitation sent to religious leaders, "In preparation for the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's death, leaders are working to explore the deep connections between diverse religious faith traditions and their shared moral values in the issue-areas of universal health care, equal funding for public schools, and the elimination of poverty, racism, sexism, and militarism."

Disciples participating in this important gathering included GMP Sharon Watkins, former GMP William Chris Hobgood (co-founder and co-president of the Disciples Center for Public Witness) and his wife Carrie Mead, Dr. Delores Carpenter (Howard Divinity School), Rev. Marvin Owens (Michigan Park Christian Church), Rev. Graylan Hagler (Pilgrim UCC), Dr. Robert Perry (First Christian Falls Church), Dr. Stephen Gentle (National City Christian Church), Doug Cook (Council of Churches of Greater Washington DC), Rev. Monte Hillis (National City Christian Church), and Dr. Ken Brooker Langston (Disciples Center for Public Witness and Disciples Justice Action Network).

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