Black Star Project kicks-off “Take a Black Boy to Church” Day

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In a joint effort to save the lives of black boys and rebuild the spirit of the black community, the Black Star Project and the pastors of twenty-five black churches have come together, urging religious leaders to invite African-American boys and men to their churches.

“Take A Black Boy To Church” day, sponsored by the Black Star Project’s Million Father Movement, is part of a coordinated effort to save the lives and spirits of Black boys.  

The Black Star Project, U.S.A., along with participating pastors, held press conferences at two Chicago churches – New Memorial Baptist Church and Gospel Temple C.O.G.I.C. – urging churches, mosques, synagogues and temples to “organize their congregations to invite Black boys and men between the ages of 2 and 32 years old into their worship services.”

In a prepared statement prior to the press conferences, the group stated that “The Black church is truly the heart of the Black community. Throughout all struggles for progress for Black people in America, the Black church has been a constant voice and leader in the improvement of the Black community.  

With the issues of Black boys and Black young Black men quickly becoming national emergency, the Black church is needed now more than ever.  Churches are being encouraged to reach out to Black boys and young Black men, wherever they are, and Black boys and young Black men are being encouraged to reach back to these churches.”

Churches participating In the 2008 “Take A Black Boy to Church Sunday” Day are:

City, Church, Pastor/or Organizer                                                                                                
Buffalo, New York
Zion Missionary Baptist Church            
Gregory Brice

Charlotte, North Carolina    
Greenville Memorial AME Zion Church  
Dr. Sheldon Shipman

Chicago, Illinois               
Gospel Temple C.O.G.I.C.  
Elder Sidney Grandberry & Gloria Grandberry

Chicago, Illinois                
True Vine of Holiness Missionary Baptist
Rev. Dr. Henderson Hill

Chicago, Illinois               
Cathedral of Love Church         
Daniel Allen

Chicago, Illinois
Inspirational Deliverance C.O.G.I.C.
Evangelist Shirley Hughes

Chicago, Illinois            
St. Mark Church                 
Rev. Ed Harris

Chicago, Illinois            
Midnight Warriors Ministries                    
Apostle Ulyesses Ruff

Chicago, Illinois           
Abba Church of Renewal Faith                 
Rev. Sharyon Cosey

Chicago, Illinois           
New Memorial Baptist Church
Dr. Roosevelt Walker, Jr.,  Minister Bernard Clark

Chicago, Illinois        
Stone Temple Baptist Church
Rev. Derrick M. Fitzpatrick

Chicago, Illinois       
New Pentecostal House of Glory
Pastor Lafayette E. Young, Sr.

Chicago. Illinois       
God Seed Ministries                               
Pastor Glenn Bone

Cleveland, Ohio        
Apostolic Faith Church                           
Lauren Clark

Cleveland, Ohio          
St. James AME Church                           
Mr. Steven Sims

Detroit, Michigan      
Liberty Baptist Church                            
Rev. Steve Bland

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida  
Mount Bethel Baptist Church                
Rev. C. E. Glover

Harvey, Illinois             
First Wesley Academy                         
Rev. Charles Woolery

High Point, North Carolina     
Temple Memorial Baptist
Rev. Thomas A. Bannister, contact Bridgett Herring

Kansas City, Kansas       
Cross Roads Christian Cathedral              
Pastor P. T. Hood
Los Angles, California     
Higher Order of Discipline Ministries          
De’Niece Williams

Mooresville, North Carolina        
St. Paul United Methodist             
Rev. Donald Mc Coy

Oakland, California        
Watson Temple Apostolic Church
Pastor James L. Williams

Rockford, Illinois          
Liberty Baptist Church                  
Rev. Herbert Johnson Jr,

The Silent Genocide –
Facts about the Deepening Plight of Black Men in America

In Education/Family

  • In Chicago, only three out of 100 Black boys will earn a college degree by age 25.
  • Only 42% of Black men graduate from high school in the United States.
  • Just 22 % of Black males who began at a four-year college graduated within six years.
  • 69% of Black children in America cannot read at grade level in the 4th grade, compared with 29% among White children.
  • 7% of Black 8th-graders perform math at grade level.
  • 32% of all suspended students are Black. Black students (mostly Black males) are twice as likely as Whites to be suspended or expelled.
  • 67% of Black children are born out of wedlock.

In Employment/Economics

  • In Illinois, 47% of all non-institutional Black men are not working.
  • At comparable educational levels, Black men earn 67% of what White men make.
  • White males with a high-school diploma are just as likely to have a job and tend to earn just as much as Black males with college degrees.
  • Blacks make up only 3.2% of lawyers, 3% of doctors, and less than 1% of architects in America.  Many of these are Black women.
  • 53% of Black men aged 25-34 are either unemployed or earn too little to lift a family of four from poverty.
  • Light-skinned Blacks have a 50% better chance of getting a job than dark-skinned Blacks.
  • While constituting roughly 12% of the total population, Black America represents nearly 30% of America’s poor.
  • The net worth of a Black family in America is $6,100 versus $67,000 for a White family.
  • In New York City in 2003 only 51.8% of Black men ages 16 to 64 were employed vs. 75.7% for White men and 65.7% for Latino men.
  • White men with prison records receive far more offers for entry-level jobs in New York City than black men with identical records, and are offered jobs just as often – if not more so – than black men who have never been arrested.

In Incarceration/Crime:

  • In 2001, the chances of going to prison were highest among Black males (32.2%) and Hispanic males (17.2%) and lowest among White males (5.9%).
  • Blacks account for only 12% of the U.S. population, but 44 % of all prisoners in the United States are Black.
  • Blacks, who comprise only 12% of the population and account for about 13% of drug users, constitute 35% of all arrests for drug possession, 55% of all convictions on those charges, and 74% of all those sentenced to prison for possession.
  • In at least fifteen states, Black men were sent to prison on drug charges at rates ranging from twenty to fifty-seven times those of White men.
  • In 1986, before mandatory minimums for crack offenses became effective, the average federal drug offense sentence for Blacks was 11% higher than for Whites.  Four years later following the implementation of harsher drug sentencing laws, the average federal drug offense sentence was 49% higher for Blacks.
  • 1,172 Black children and teenagers in the United States died from gunfire in 2003.
  • A young Black male in America is more likely to die from gunfire than was any soldier in Vietnam.
  • The Justice Department estimates that one out of every 21 Black men can expect to be murdered, a death rate double that of U. S. soldiers in World War II.
  • 1.46 million Black men out of a total voting population of 10.4 million have lost their right to vote due to felony convictions.

These statistics were compiled from various sources by The Black Star Project.  You may email the organization to request sources at  To join the movement to save young Black men and to educate Black children, call 312/842-3527, or email, or visit the website at
For more information, contact: The Black Star Project at (773) 285-9600 or (312) 771-1010.

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