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Press Conference on September 21, 2011 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm


Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) – The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, the oldest Black Christian denomination in the United States, will hold the First AMEs on the Hill, on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, in Washington, DC.

This Christian denomination consists of over 1.5 million members worldwide. The entire AME Church membership, including Bishops, Pastors, Clergy and Laity have been invited to convene and meet with the Obama Administration, White House staff, the members of the House and Senate, and local city officials, to discuss the President’s proposed new jobs plan. The AME contingent also will engage in talks with Administration and Congressional officials about affordable healthcare, education and faith-based initiatives.

“We are convening for the first time in the Nation’s Capital, as a national voice for justice, equity, and economic parity,” said Jackie Dupont-Walker, director of the Social Action Commission of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The AMEs hope and pray to use Wednesday’s meeting to begin a dialogue that results in a partnership with the government and the AME Church that benefits African Americans. In 2008, the AME Bishops came together collectively and prayed for then-Candidate Obama during their General Conference in St. Louis. The photograph of the Bishops surrounding Candidate Obama was seen worldwide.

Look for the AMEs on the Hill, on September 21st!

For more information, please contact Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, at 213-494-9493 (cell) or by e-mail jdupontw@aol.com

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

White House Tour & Meeting with White House Staff
8:30 a.m. – Participants arrive at the White House – East Gate: 15th & E Street, NW-entrance

White House Staff Meeting
9:30 a.m. – Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House

12:00 p.m. – Lunch will be served at 1539 Longworth.

Capitol Hill
1:30 p.m. – Participants will meet with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and other elected officials.

Return to Crystal City
3:30 p.m. – Buses will depart from Capitol Hill to take AMEs back to the Crystal City Marriott & Radisson

AME-SADA Banquet
6:00pm – The African Methodist Episcopal Church Service and Development Agency (AME SADA) Banquet at the Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia

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