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Chicago black group asks U.S. Justice Department to investigate Trayvon Martin case under Hate Crime Act

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Cops Actions look like a cover-up


Chicago, IL –  We Can, Inc., an organization of businessmen and women dedicated to improving the quality of life for African Americans, Friday called for the firing of Sanford, Florida Police Chief Bill Lee who along with the county prosecutor have stepped aside as public outcry for justice in the shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin continues to escalate.

“It is not enough that either Police Chief Lee or the county prosecutor temporarily recuses themselves from this investigation. Managerial responsibility starts at the top of an organization,” said Florence Cox, President of the We Can, Inc. Committee.

“The issue is why is George Zimmerman, the admitted shooter described as a neighborhood watch volunteer, not in jail? Why did Police Chief Lee not arrest Zimmerman who was told by police during his 911 call not to follow Martin who was coming home from the store carrying a can of ice tea and a bag of Skittles?

“Florida Governor Rick Scott has appointed a states attorney from Jacksonville to head the investigation, but that does not answer the questions of why Police Chief Lee failed not only to arrest Zimmerman for the shooting but also to test him for drugs or alcohol. Lee never bothered to interview Martin’s girlfriend who was talking to the victim on his cell phone at the time of the shooting.

“The behavior of Chief Lee smacks of criminal negligence because he failed to follow the law. Why is Police Lee giving Zimmerman a pass on this fatal shooting of an unarmed student? He needs to be fired because it looks like, it smells like a cover-up.” If the ethnicity of the shooter and the victim had been in the reverse, would the shooter have been charged and incarcerate immediately?

We Can, Inc. is calling on Governor Scott to do the right thing and fire Lee and anyone else involved in this apparent cover-up.

The parents of Martin are on point when they say if Martin had been white he probably would not be have been followed and certainly he would not have been shot.

We Can Inc. is also asking for the U.S. Justice Department to take over this investigation and to see if Zimmerman committed a hate crime.

The day of killing innocent blacks by other ethnic groups for nebulous or hate-filled reasons are over. This type of behavior cannot and must not be tolerated, and it is up to Gov. Scott to make a firm stand on this unfortunate incident and to say this type of behavior will result in the full application of the law.

We cannot permit this case to fade in the sunset. Trayvon’s senseless, untimely death has heightened the awareness of all parents that by virtue of ‘the conversation’ there is the present danger that we must fight to eradicate.

Madigan demands debt reduction for Fannie, Freddie borrowers

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Attorney General Says Principal Reductions Needed to Stabilize Housing Market, Economy


CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan called on the Federal Housing Finance Agency to immediately implement appropriate principal reductions to home loans held by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

In a letter to Edward J. DeMarco, the acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie and Freddie, Madigan demanded the agency reassess its blanket refusal to reduce any mortgage debts for Fannie and Freddie borrowers who are underwater. Based on FHFA data, Madigan stressed that targeted principal reductions can avoid unnecessary harm to homeowners and communities and help the housing market recover.

“Principal reductions for borrowers can prevent the likelihood of defaulting and in turn, prevent unnecessary foreclosures,” Attorney General Madigan said. “This is a critical step to repair the widespread destruction caused by the housing market’s crash that has reverberated in communities across Illinois.”

In issuing her letter, Madigan noted emerging media reports early Friday citing a new internal analysis conducted at FHFA that reportedly shows the benefits of principal mortgage reductions. The Attorney General stressed the urgent need for FHFA to address the reports and immediately begin taking steps to implement debt reductions.

Some of the country’s largest banks have begun offering debt forgiveness – so-called principal reductions – to home loans for underwater borrowers, who owe more on their homes than they are worth, in an effort to stabilize the housing market. Madigan said FHFA’s refusal to follow suit raises particular concerns because Fannie and Freddie hold a considerable share of all home mortgages nationwide.

Importantly, Madigan fought hard to include principal reductions during negotiations leading up to last month’s $25 billion settlement reached by her office, her counterparts and federal officials with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers – Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citibank and Ally Bank, formerly GMAC.

The settlement addressed allegations of widespread “robo-signing” of foreclosure documents and other fraudulent practices in the servicing of loans of struggling homeowners. It is the largest settlement ever obtained through joint action of state attorneys general and the federal government, and it is estimated to provide more than $1 billion in relief for Illinois borrowers. 

Democratic Lt. Governors pick Illinois’ Simon as Chair

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DLGA Elects New Leadership at Washington Policy Conference


The nation’s Democratic lieutenant governors elected Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon to chair their association at their spring policy conference in Washington.

A former law school professor and prosecutor, Simon was elected Lt. Governor in 2010.  She serves as Governor Pat Quinn’s point person on education reform and has used her office to promote ethical leadership.

“I look forward to working with Democratic lieutenant governors from across the nation, as Illinois aims to increase college completion rates and build a stronger workforce,” said Simon.  “We must learn from each other’s challenges and successes to ensure our nation moves forward.”

In addition, DLGA members elected the following officers:

First Vice Chair: Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown.  A colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, Brown was elected Lt. Governor in 2006 and 2010, and has spearheaded initiatives addressing military base realignment and closure, veterans’ affairs and health care.

Second Vice Chair:  Minnesota Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon.  A nine-year veteran of the Minnesota Senate, Prettner Solon was elected Lt. Governor in 2010.  She is a strong voice for rural communities and Minnesota seniors, leading administration efforts to address long-term care planning and nutrition efforts. She most recently served as Treasurer of DLGA.

Secretary: Rhode Island Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts.  Elected in 2006 and 2010, Roberts is Rhode Island’s first woman Lt Governor.  With an MBA in health care management, health care reform has been a priority for Roberts during her 10 year career in the Rhode Island senate and through her current leadership of chairing Rhode Island’s effort to implement the Affordable Care Act and addressing the issue of affordable insurance for Rhode Island businesses.

Treasurer: Massachusetts Lt. Governor Tim Murray.  First elected Lt. Governor in 2006 and reelected in 2010, is the former mayor of Worcester, MA and serves as the state’s liaison to municipalities.  He is scheduled to become Chair of the National Lieutenant Governors Association in July and most recently served as Chair of DLGA.

 The newly elected leadership of the DLGA will serve for two years.

The Democratic Lt. Governors Association is the only national political committee organized to support Democratic candidates and incumbents for the office of Lieutenant Governor across the country.  The DLGA provides candidates with policy briefings, financial support, strategic consulting and training.

For more information link to: http://democraticltgovernors.org

Better Business Bureau alert: Scammers using Wal-Mart and Best Buy names to lure consumers into Gift Card Scam

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CHICAGO, IL  – The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois (BBB) received a report about a smishing attempt via text message being sent to users claiming customers won a $1,000 Best Buy or Wal-Mart gift card. The message continues to tell the user to visit a website to claim the amount.


“This is not a legitimate offer and is not promoted nor sent by Best Buy or Wal-Mart,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois.”We strongly advise consumers to not complete the form or enter any personal information into the website provided.”


Smishing is the practice of sending a phishing message to steal credit card or identity information via cell phone text messaging. 


Bernas explained text messages are not typically blocked and only contain text, making it easier for scammers to make smishing messages appear legitimate.


“As consumers utilize their cell phones more and more to access the Internet, they need to guard against scams as they would on their home or office computers,” he added. 


Smishing messages may also direct recipients to call a phony toll-free number in order to complete or cancel some financial transaction where a fake operator will take down your financial information over the phone.


The BBB offers the following tips if you receive a questionable or unsolicited text message:

  • Check out the URL or phone number of a company before you disclose any personal or financial information for FREE at www.bbb.org
  • Most financial institutions, utility, or other business will not communicate with you via text message. If you do not recognize the website or phone number being sent to you, don’t visit or call it;
  • Avoid e-mailing and texting personal and financial information. If you have determined the website to be legitimate and do decide to submit financial information, look for the “lock” icon on the browser’s status bar. It signals that your information is secure during transmission;
  • Review your credit card and bank account statements as soon as you receive them to determine whether there are any unauthorized charges. If your statement is late by more than a couple of days, call your credit card company or bank to confirm your billing address and account balances. 


For more information on smishing and other scams targeting consumers, visit the BBB online at www.bbb.org


Historic Conference celebrates PhD’s in Black Studies

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Bringing together leading and up-and-coming scholars on critical issues of race

(From Northwestern News) 


EVANSTON, IL – In her dissertation, La TaSha Levy — part of Northwestern University’s first cohort of doctoral students in African American studies — is exploring the rise of modern black conservatism in post-civil rights era politics.

Levy’s research and that of other black studies doctoral students and faculty will be featured at an historic three-day event that — for the first time ever — brings together graduate students and leading scholars from each of the nation’s 11 universities that awards Ph.D.s in African American studies. (Read profile of Levy at http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2012/03/levy-profile-african-american-studies.html).

Called “A Beautiful Struggle: Transformative Black Studies in Shifting Political Landscapes,” the upcoming conference is a veritable summit of black studies doctoral programs that marks the establishment of Northwestern’s doctoral program in 2006 and the 40th anniversary of the University’s African American studies department.

Free and open to the public, the conference will take place from April 12 to 14 at the Orrington Hotel, 1710 Orrington Ave., Evanston. For more information, visit http://www.afam2012.northwestern.edu/.

As an academic discipline, African American studies has come a long way since the country’s first programs – many of them born of student protest — were first established some four decades ago. At Northwestern, black students took over the University’s bursar’s office in 1968 and, among other demands, asked that a black studies program be created. 

“A Beautiful Struggle” – which occurs a full 44 years since that student takeover — will showcase the work of some of the finest scholars in the field of black studies, including Elizabeth Alexander, the poet who composed and read “Praise Song for the Day” at President Barack Obama’s inauguration. By featuring the work of doctoral students as well, it also will introduce the next generation of black studies scholars. 

Conference topics will include a look at First Lady Michelle Obama against a backdrop of black women stereotypes; an historic review of the country’s black studies movement; an exploration of black political conservatism; a re-examination of author and social activist James Baldwin; and presentations on African-American home ownership, racial profiling and black sexuality in the era of Obama and hip-hop.

“Above all, ‘A Beautiful Struggle’ celebrates the rich scholarship produced in departments of African American studies, the doctoral students who will be the field’s future stars and the progress of the field itself,” says Northwestern African American studies chair Celeste Watkins-Hayes.

In the field’s early years, critics suggested black studies was more about activism and self-esteem than about scholarship, and the discipline operated on the academy’s margins. “In renewed attacks during the ‘culture wars’ of the 1990s, detractors simplistically argued that discussions of race only reinforced inequality,” Watkins-Hayes adds.

Conference participants will look at the history of black studies and discuss the future of a field that now stands at the center of both the academy and critical public discourse. “African American studies in 2012 speaks not only to questions of race and blackness,” Watkins-Hayes says. “It also provides a conduit to explore issues of inequality, identity, community and memory across and within disciplines.” 

Among the numerous scholars at the conference:

• Elizabeth Alexander is probably best known as the poet who composed and read “Praise Song for the Day” at President Obama’s inauguration. Professor and chair of the African American studies department at Yale University, she is a Pulitzer Prize finalist, the author of five books of poetry and a founding member of Cave Canem, an organization dedicated to promoting African-American poets and poetry. Alexander will deliver the 2012 Leon Forrest Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 13.

• Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, professor and chair of African and African American studies at Harvard University, is co-author with the late John Hope Franklin of the classic African American history survey “From Slavery to Freedom” and, with Henry Louis Gates Jr., is co-editor of “African American National Biography.” The latter is a multi-volume reference work presenting African history through the lives of people. She is a pioneer in the field of African American religious history and, with Northwestern’s Darlene Clark Hine, one of the pioneers of the history of African-American women.

• Darlene Clark Hine, Board of Trustees Professor of African American Studies at Northwestern, is a leading historian of the African-American experience and a pioneer in African-American women’s history who has co-edited more than 40 volumes. When in 1994 Oxford University Press published her first edition of “Black Women in America,” it was hailed as “one of those publishing events that changes the way we look at a field.” Hine will deliver a keynote address on “First Lady Michelle Obama and the Dialectics of Black Women’s Studies” at 12:15 p.m. Friday, April 13.

• John L. Jackson Jr., the Richard Perry University Professor of Communication and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, is an anthropologist and documentary filmmaker who specializes in contemporary studies of race, class, religion and identity. He is the author of “The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness,” “Real Black: Adventures in Racial Sincerity” and “Harlemworld: Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America.” 

• Khalil Gibran Muhammad, formerly of Indiana University and now director of New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, is author of the landmark “The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America.” He has said that he seeks “to uncover the ways in which social scientists and social reformers have imaged African-Americans as a distinctly criminal population, and how their ideas about blacks as criminals have changed at specific times and places over the course of the 20th century.” 

Doctoral students and their presentations:

• Tera Agyepong, Northwestern University, “Boundaries of Innocence: The Criminalization of African American Girls at Illinois Training School for Girls, 1893-1945”

• Ernest Gibson, University of Massachusetts Amherst, “A Project of Salvation: The W.E.B. Du Bois Department, African American Studies and the Reclamation of James Baldwin”

• Zinga A. Fraser, Northwestern University, “Sister Outsider/Sister Insider: Shirley Chisholm, Barbara Jordan and Black Women’s Politics in the Post-Civil Rights Era”

• Cynthia Greenlee-Donnell, Duke University, “A Most Offensive Outrage: Black Families, Child Rape and the Law in South Carolina 1885-1905”

• Ruth Hays, Northwestern University, “Filling the Gaps/Speaking the Silences: Black American Women and Childbirth”

• La TaSha Levy, Northwestern University, “I’m Not Selling Out, I’m Selling In: Black Republicans and the Campaign for Black Capitalism”

• Josh Myers, Temple University, “(Re)conceptualizing Intellectual Histories of Africana Studies”

• Dwayne Nash, Northwestern University, “Forbidden Testimonies of Racial Profiling: Police Stop and Frisk on Trial in Local Criminal Court”

• Carolyn Roberts, Harvard University, “Medicine, Disease and the Bio-Cultural Body in the Transatlantic Slave Trade: New Directions in Slavery Studies”

• Frederick Staidum, Northwestern University, “The Haunted Houses of New Orleans: Queer Marriage and White Dread in 19th Century Domestic Spaces”

• Keeanga Taylor, Northwestern University, “From American Dream to Predatory Lending: Public/Private Programs to Promote Home Ownership Among Low-Income African Americans in the 1970s”

The nation’s 11 Ph.D. programs are at Brown, Harvard, Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern, Temple and Yale universities and at University of California, Berkeley, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Pennsylvania and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

For registration and other information about the admission-free “A Beautiful Struggle” conference, visit http://www.afam2012.northwestern.edu/

NORTHWESTERN NEWS: http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/

A remarkable journey: Remembering Cincinnati Reds Pitcher Brooks Lawrence

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — America’s favorite pastime and a dream come true for Black men, once Jackie Robinson broke the color line. Brooks Lawrence was one of the early contingent of African American athletes who made it to the major leagues.

Pitching The Dream tells the story of former Cincinnati Reds pitcher, Brooks Lawrence and his eventful journey to capture his dream. It recounts humorous and poignant episodes of his family life and chronicles his enduring love of baseball from his youth through the major leagues. It tells the many adversities confronting him in both the minor and major leagues, and how he overcame them. The 13 straight wins he pitched (beginning of season) in 1956 is still a Reds’ ball club record. His achievements won him membership in the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame, and the Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame.

Author Cheryl D. Lyons, also an educator, is the maternal niece of Brooks Lawrence and currently resides in Florida. For more information, please contact lyonswriter@aol.com or 305-710-1470.
About The Book:
Pitching The Dream
By Cheryl D. Lyons
Publication Date: April 6, 2005; October 2011
Pages 109
ISBN: 1-4134-7751-8 (Hardback)
ISBN: 1-4134-7750-X (Trade Paperback)

Available in Print and eBook format at Xlibris.com, Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, www.Amazon.com/kindle, www.nook.com, and www.ebookstore.sony.com

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National Society of Black Engineers Convention kicks off in Pittsburgh, March 28

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8,500 to Attend One of Pittsburgh’s Largest Conferences This Year


Alexandria, VA (BlackNews.com) — The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) will hold its 38th Annual Convention at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., from Wednesday, March 28 to Sunday, April 1, 2012. The event, which is expected to attract 8,500 attendees and generate $12.4 million in direct spending, is one of Pittsburgh’s largest conventions of the year. This marks the third time NSBE has chosen Pittsburgh as its convention host city. The 1994 and 2006 NSBE Annual Conventions were also held in the Steel City.

With close to 30,000 pre-college, collegiate and technical professional members in the U.S. and abroad, NSBE is one of the world’s largest membership organizations for black students and professionals in engineering and other STEM fields.

With its hundreds of career development, educational and motivational activities, the Annual Convention plays a major part in NSBE’s efforts to reach its main goal, which is to end the underrepresentation of blacks in engineering.

The NSBE Annual Convention is supported by some of the nation’s largest private sector and government employers, and 2012 is no exception. Speakers who will address this year’s convention attendees include Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, chief of Naval Operations; Rodney C. Adkins, senior vice president of IBM Systems and Technology Group; Jeffrey P. Pino, president of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation; Ben-Saba Hasan, senior vice president of Strategic Services ISD, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Tammee L. Thompson, vice president of Global Security and Fire, Johnson Controls, Inc.; and Maj. Gen. Melvin G. Spiese, United States Marine Corps, among others.

Representatives of more than 250 companies, government agencies, academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations will work as exhibitors at the convention’s huge Career Fair, Graduate School Fair and College Fair. As always, for many young convention attendees, these recruitment events will provide life-changing opportunities.

NSBE is a student-founded and student-governed organization that promotes leadership among its young members, a fact that is also reflected in the lineup of convention speakers. Ambassador Andrew Young will address the convention’s General Session on Thursday evening, March 29, and Robert L. Johnson, founder and chair of RLJ Development and founder and former chair of Black Entertainment Television, will speak during the Opening Session on Wednesday evening.

The Annual Convention is also the site of the gala ceremony for NSBE’s top honors: the NSBE Golden Torch Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations that exemplify NSBE’s ideals of academic excellence, professional success and dedication to improvement of the black community. Among this year’s Golden Torch honorees are Warner M. Williams, vice president of the Gulf of Mexico Business Unit, Chevron Corporation; Vice Adm. Manson K. Brown, United States Coast Guard; and two Pittsburgh luminaries, Robert O. Agbede, president and chief executive officer of Chester Engineers, Inc., and Alaine Allen, director of the Pitt Engineering Career Access Program at the University of Pittsburgh. The awards ceremony takes place on Saturday, March 31 at 6:00 p.m. Actor, educator, activist and entrepreneur Lamman Rucker, of “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns” fame, will serve as master of ceremonies.

From the Opening and General Sessions to the technical competitions and workshops, excitement and positive, youthful energy permeate the NSBE Annual Convention and make it a unique event that has helped launch many successful careers. Calvin Phelps, 24, is NSBE’s national chair, the organization’s top-ranking officer. A graduate student in mechanical engineering at Cornell University when he took office in 2010, he is now a Cornell graduate and a design engineer at Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Company.

“It was a NSBE Annual Convention that taught me the interview and essay skills that I used to win a full academic scholarship for my undergraduate studies. It was a NSBE Annual Convention that convinced me to continue my education and get an advanced degree, and a NSBE Annual Convention that taught me how to pay for those graduate studies,” Phelps says. “Networking with corporate reps, building relationships with friends from all over the country, having the chance to lead first my (NSBE) region and now this organization as national chair: all of these things and more I owe to my participation in NSBE’s largest event.”

The convention entertainment is also top-notch. Songwriter and vocalist Marsha Ambrosius, hip hop artist DJ Drama, singer-songwriter Ambition and comedian J. Russ will perform.

“There has been a lot of hard work and sacrifice by the 21 members of the Convention Planning Committee over this past year, but it will all be worth it when we see more than 8,000 black engineers descend into Pittsburgh that week,” says Taylor L. Mitcham, the chair of NSBE’s 2012 Convention Planning Committee. “It will all be worth it on Saturday when you see that everyone got something out of the convention, whether they discovered their teamwork or leadership abilities or were inspired to pursue something new. It will all be worth it when I hear that someone got their first job or internship at the Career Fair.”

For more information about the 38th NSBE Annual Convention, call (703) 549-2207, or visit http://convention.nsbe.org.
With close to 30,000 members, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student-governed organizations in the country. A not-for-profit founded in 1975, NSBE now includes more than 310 collegiate, pre-collegiate and technical professional/Alumni chapters in the U.S. and abroad. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.”

Pastor Jamal Bryant leads the National Trayvon Martin March for Justice

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Sanford, FL (BlackNews.com) — African American clergy and civil rights leaders from around the country will participate in a rally and march on Monday, March 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida in an effort to demand justice for slain Miami-Dade teen Trayvon Martin. Led by Pastor Jamal Bryant the rally will be held at Centennial Park, 400 Park Ave, Sanford, FL, at 4:00 p.m., where they will kick-off the National Trayvon Martin March for Justice. Organizers and supporters will head to Sanford City Hall, 300 North Park Ave, Sanford FL, to attend a City Council Meeting which will be held at 5:00 p.m. Immediately following the meeting Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin will speak.

The National Trayvon Martin March for Justice has garnered support from some of the nation’s most influential people and organizations in the African American community. Confirmed participants include Reverend Jesse Jackson, representatives from the NAACP, Michael Baisden, representatives from the Central Florida Urban League, members of the AME Ministerial Alliance, Students from Howard University, Bethune Cookman University, Florida A&M University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, University of Central Florida, the African American Student Union, National Pan-Hallenic Council, and concerned citizens.

“The slaying of Trayvon Martin has now grown into a movement against the undervalued lives of young African American’s in today’s society. This is a call for a new generation of civil right’s activist to let the nation know we will not stand for injustice against African Americans or any other minority,” says Bryant, who is organizing the march. “This is often called the Hip Hop Generation; well now it’s time for Hip Hop’s voice to be heard.”

Protesters are asked to bring their voices and a bag of Skittles in honor of Trayvon.

About Pastor Jamal Bryant

Pastor Jamal Bryant is the founder of the Empowerment Temple Church in Baltimore, MD. Under his leadership the church has grown from 43 members to over 12,000 in a few short years making it the fastest growing church in the history of the AME church. With a strong presence in the community members of the congregation were responsible for registering more voters than any church in the state of Maryland.

Prior to his call to the ministry, Bryant served as the national youth and college director of the NAACP for 6 years. He brought a fresh wind of enthusiasm while leading almost 70,000 young people worldwide on non-violent campaigns and social activism.

Bryant is a leader who has been able to relate to people from all walks of life. He dropped out of high school, became a single parent, secured a GED and was able to achieve a Bachelors degree from Morehouse College and a Masters of Divinity at Duke University. He then studied at Oxford University in Great Britain and earned a doctorate from The Graduate Theological Foundation.

His commitment to people drove him to establish the JHB Hope Academy in Liberia, Africa, build a 1000 seat sanctuary to service the spiritual needs of the Liberian people, and participate in voter mobilization for the first free election in Johannesburg, South Africa whereby Nelson Mandela was elected. In addition he continued his civil rights activism here in the states as well by leading the Occupy the Dream Movement with Russell Simmons and Dr. Ben Chavez in January of 2012 to raise awareness about economic inequity in the black community.

Bryant has written 4 books with over 100,000 copies sold. Most notably, World War Me which won the African American Publishers Award. He has such a commanding presence on the Internet that over 8,000 international viewers watch his services online as well as over 150,000 Facebook and Twitter followers.

In great demand as a speaker, civil rights leader, and spiritual counselor. Bryant is just getting started and is committed to giving a voice to a generation that many have written off as “lost.”

For additional information visit us at www.gicpublicrelations.net.

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