Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders to Meet with African-American Religious and Civic Leaders in Baltimore


Baltimore, Md. – On the heels of the Freddie Gray case, tens of thousands across the nation await the outcome of a trial that could establish a new precedence of justice in America. The case, now underway, could mark an indelible standard with regard to police brutality and systematic racism against African Americans in particular.

With continued daily protests in Black communities such as Ferguson, Missouri and in major cities including New York City, Detroit and Chicago, leaders and citizens alike are calling for an end to racial injustice. Understanding the need for a fundamentally progressive agenda to incite change, Democratic Party presidential candidate U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is calling on Baltimore pastor Dr. Jamal Bryant, pastor and founder of Empowerment Temple Church to convene a group of civic and religious leaders to discuss pressing issues directly impacting the African-American community.

WHAT: The Ecumenical Round-Table Discussion is an opportunity for social justice and faith leaders to dialogue with Sen. Sanders and gain understanding of his position on issues pertaining to aggressive policing, mass incarceration, racial profiling, housing, economic development and education. Immediately after the round-table discussion the collective group will take a walking tour of the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood in Baltimore. The neighborhood in West Baltimore where Freddie Gray lived, and was arrested is one of West Baltimore’s most blighted and problematic communities in Baltimore.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 8, 2015
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Round-Table Discussion
10:30 – 10:40 a.m. Post Meeting Press Review
10:40 – 11:10 a.m. Walking Tour of Sandtown-Wincheter Neighborhood

WHERE: Freddie Gray Empowerment Center
1505 Eutaw Place
Baltimore, MD 21217

Dr. Bryant is a pastor with a global mission, which is to Empower the World Through the Word. With over twelve thousand members he has the fastest growing church in the A.M.E. denomination. This new millennium minister is an impassioned social activist, community developer, and cultural philanthropist; an author, and motivational speaker. /