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Warnock, Progressive National Baptists focus on voting rights during annual meeting

By Adelle M. Banks — August 5, 2021
(RNS) — The denominational meeting, which concludes Thursday, also featured discussions on equitable wages and on debates about critical race theory.
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Voddie Baucham’s publisher defends Fault Lines against plagiarism claims

By Bob Smietana — August 3, 2021
(RNS) — The author of a popular anti-CRT book has been accused of misquoting sources and plagiarism. His publisher says the accusations are not ‘well-founded.’

Hundreds arrested at Capitol while protesting for voting rights, minimum wage

By Jack Jenkins — August 2, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Monday's action on the Hill constituted one of the largest mass-arrest nonviolent protests at the Capitol in recent memory.

John Lewis’ co-author talks faith, voting rights and their new graphic novel, ‘Run’

By Adelle M. Banks — August 2, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The lesson I hold with me most from John Lewis and his life and his example is that you have to be persistent,’ said Andrew Aydin.

Expert in faith-based disaster management new leader of Homeland Security center

By Adelle M. Banks — August 2, 2021
(RNS) — Marcus T. Coleman, the former interim director of the DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships from 2017 to 2018 and a special assistant for it from 2013 to 2016, starts his new role on Monday (Aug. 2).

AME Zion leader Staccato Powell removed as bishop after facing financial accusations

By Adelle M. Banks — July 29, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The Trial Committee recommended Bishop Staccato Powell be disrobed, meaning Bishop Staccato Powell would no longer be recognized as consecrated to the office of Bishop,’ read trial minutes.

African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church celebrates paid-off debts at major meeting

By Adelle M. Banks — July 28, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Livingstone College, Hood seminary, and Clinton College — debts have all been satisfied,’ announced AME Zion Bishop George Edward Battle Jr.

‘This is our Selma moment,’ clergy leaders announce on eve of 27-mile voting rights march to Austin

By Yonat Shimron — July 27, 2021
(RNS) — On Wednesday (July 28), the Rev. William J. Barber II will lead clergy and laypeople on a four-day, 27-mile march from Georgetown to Austin, Texas, to protest the rollback of voting rights and demand federal action.

Reparations bill gains momentum as an interfaith cause

By Adelle M. Banks — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It is all about how can we repair the damage to those among us who have been hurt because of past practices,’ said an Evanston, Illinois, pastor.

Former NBA player Stan McKenzie, husband of first woman AME Church bishop, dead at 76

By Adelle M. Banks — July 21, 2021
(RNS) — Less than two weeks before, his wife — Bishop Vashti McKenzie — thanked her spouse as she made farewell remarks at the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s General Conference.

Proud Boys leader pleads guilty for burning church’s Black Lives Matter banner

By Kathryn Post — July 20, 2021
(RNS) — Enrique Tarrio pleaded guilty to two charges on Monday, including one involving the burning of a Black Lives Matter banner taken from a historic Black church in Washington, D.C.

Co-chair of Poor People’s Campaign among nearly 100 women arrested at march for voting rights in D.C.

By Renée Roden — July 19, 2021
(RNS) — The arrested protesters were part of the Women’s Moral Monday March, advocating for legislation to protect voting rights and demanding relief for marginalized and impoverished Americans.

Retiring Bishop Vashti McKenzie, first AME Church woman prelate, reflects on a groundbreaking career

By Adelle M. Banks — July 16, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Do I think that women can do this? Yes,’ McKenzie said. ‘Do I think the women that have been elected in my denomination have done an exceptional job? Absolutely.’
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