The nation’s six largest historically Black denominations that comprise the Conference of National Black Churches (CNBC) will take part in the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington, slated for Saturday, August 26. This massive demonstration will continue Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision for justice and equality, especially on issues of voting rights, economic opportunities, and healthcare access.
Their participation reflects their historic role in the Civil Rights Movement, which was born in the Black Church. Faith leaders were pivotal in pushing for the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act a year later, while countless churches hosted organizing meetings and rallies. The Black Church is still a force today in the fight for social justice, with a focus on ending generational healthcare disparities. CNBC has particularly ensured Black Americans had access to COVID-19 tests and vaccines and is now working to address the disproportionately high comorbidities in these communities that the virus preyed upon.
“The Black Church was the foundation of the Civil Rights Movement, which is why we are resolved to play a continued role in the fight for equality,” said the Board of the Conference of National Black Churches (CNBC), led by Chairman Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson. “While we have made strides over the decades, recent events threatened to impact the right to vote, to quality education, and to good-paying jobs. The COVID-19 pandemic was a reminder that we have a long way to go, in so many aspects of life, as we strive for equality and justice. We will be in Washington on August 26, alongside Rev. Sharpton, the King family, and more than 100 other partners as we advance the work Dr. King and his fellow faith leaders began.”
The March will be convened by Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III, and Arndrea Waters King as a cross-racial, cross-cultural, and cross generational event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. A pre-program is set to begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 26, with the program set to begin at 11 a.m. At approximately 1 p.m., the March will make its way through the national mall to the MLK memorial.
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