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Black church turnout effort mobilizes against alleged voter suppression

By Adelle M. Banks — September 29, 2020

(RNS) — Some groups previously ‘never worked this tightly together because the stakes are higher,’ one Black church network leader said.

March on Washington events to focus on racial justice, police brutality, voting

By Adelle M. Banks — August 25, 2020

(RNS) — The 1963 event about economic empowerment and civic engagement is being echoed amid a new political climate.

Bipartisan network of Christian groups launches police reform initiative

By Adelle M. Banks — August 19, 2020

(RNS) — The initiative brings together Black, Hispanic and Asian organizations along with groups focused on prisoners, prayer and public justice.

Black church leaders push for census participation despite coronavirus

By Adelle M. Banks — March 27, 2020

(RNS) — ‘The coronavirus has added to the already existing fear that people had about a number of questions,’ one minister said.

With Voting Rights Act weakened, black church networks seek more voters

By Adelle M. Banks — September 5, 2018

(RNS) — Five years after the Supreme Court invalidated a key provision of the act, and with voters in almost two dozen states facing stricter rules, black denominations are working to get more people to the ballot box in November.

#blacklivesmatter in Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s ‘A.D.’

By Adelle M. Banks — April 1, 2015

(RNS) Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s “The Bible” miniseries was criticized as too white. Now they’re back with “A.D.,” and the cast is more multicultural than you might imagine.

After Ferguson and Eric Garner decisions, white Christians say it’s time to stand with blacks

By Adelle M. Banks — December 4, 2014

WASHINGTON (RNS) “’Love your neighbor as yourself’ means you picture yourself being choked and surrounded by five men while you say, ‘I can’t breathe,’” said Scott Slayton, a white Southern Baptist pastor in Chelsea, Ala.

’12 Years a Slave’ prompts calls for racial reconciliation

By Adelle M. Banks — October 15, 2013

WASHINGTON (RNS) “12 Years a Slave” may depict a bygone era in American history but religious leaders say it should spark increased attention about today’s race relations.

Former National Council of Churches leader Bob Edgar dead at 69

By Adelle M. Banks — April 23, 2013

(RNS) The Rev. Bob Edgar, a Democratic congressman and United Methodist minister who went on to lead the National Council of Churches through a painful series of restructuring cuts, died suddenly Tuesday at age 69.

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