Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Join the National "Take a Black Male to Worship" Day on Sunday, March 1, 2009

Phillip Jackson, executive director of The Black Star Project, delivered the Men's Day message at First Wesley Academy UMC in Harvey, Illinois on Sunday, December 14, 2008, as the kick-off of "Take a Black Male to Worship" day. Please call Rev. Catherine Jackson at 773.285.9600 or email blackstar1000@ameritech.net if you would like for your church, mosque, synagogue or other faith-based organization to participate in this national effort to support Black males on or about March 1, 2009.

Phillip Jackson congratulates Rev. Charles Woolery on a great job of organizing the men of First Wesley Academy to work in the vineyards of young Black males in the city of Harvey, Illinois.

The churches listed below participated in The Black Star Project's "Take a Black Male to Worship" initiative on Sunday, December 21, 2008, or on their nearest day of worship. If your faith institution did not participate, why not?

City - Name of Church or Association - Pastor or Representative

Buffalo, New York Zion - Missionary Baptist Church - Gregory Brice
Chicago, Illinois - Pastors of the Englewood Community - Apostle Ulyesses Ruff, Sr.
Chicago, Illinois - Gospel Temple Church of God and Christ - Eleder Sidney Grandberry
Chicago, Illinois - True Vine of Holiness Missionary Baptist - Rev. Dr. Henderson Hill
Chicago, Illinois - Cathedral Missionary Baptist Church - Rev. Otis L. Anderson Jr.
Chicago. Illinois - God Seed Ministries - Pastor Glenn Bone
Chicago, Illinois - Cathedral of Love Church - Rev. Daniel Allen
Chicago, Illinois - Inspirational Deliverance C.O.G.I.C. - Evangelist Shirley Hughes
Chicago, Illinois - New Memorial Missionary Baptist Church - Rev. Roosevelt Walker, Jr.
Chicago, Illinois - St. Mark Church - Rev. Ed Harris
Chicago, Illinois - ABBA Church of Renewal Faith - Rev. Sharyon Cosey
Chicago, Illinois Stone Temple Baptist Church - Rev. Derrick M. Fitzpatrick

Chicago, Illinois - New Pentecostal House of Glory - Pastor Lafayette E. Young Sr.
Cleveland, Ohio - St. James AME Church - Mr. Steven Sims
Detroit, Michigan - Liberty Baptist Church - Rev. Steve Bland
Harvey, Illinois - First Wesley Academy UMC - Rev. Charles Woolery
High Point, N.C. - Temple Memorial Baptist Church - Rev. Thomas A. Bannister
Kansas City, Kansas - Cross Roads Christian Cathedral - Pastor P. T. Hood
Los Angeles, Calif. - Higher Order of Discipline Ministries - De'Niece Williams
Mooresville, N. C. - St. Paul United Methodist Church - Rev. Donald McCoy
Rockford, Illinois - Liberty Baptist Church - Rev. Herbert Johnson, Jr.

Take a Black boy or a young Black man between 2 and 32 years old to worship on Sunday, March 1, 2009. Take them to any service--morning, afternoon or evening, to your church, mosque synagogue or preferred place of worship because the battle to save Black boys is also, and especially, a spiritual battle. This is a national program open to all faiths and denominations.

We have been told that some men and some faith leaders do not know where to find Black boys. Too many Black boys are on street corners, at night clubs, affiliated (rolling) with street organizations and in prisons and jails. Many others are struggling in elementary and high schools or are working low-wage jobs.

It is easy to find Black boys who need guidance and support, but it is hard to find Black men who will take an interest in these Black boys. The harvest of Black boys in America is plentiful, but the laborers--Black men who are willing to work with these boys--are few.

Please ask your faith leader to ensure that your faith-based institution participates in this event. If you wish to participate in or lead the effort in your city or at your faith-based institution on Sunday, March 1, 2009, or your day of worship near this date, please call Rev. Catherine Jackson at 773.285.9600 for an organizing kit.

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