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Biden quotes Bible at Black church meeting, while Trump says his rival is ‘against God’

By Jack Jenkins — August 6, 2020

(RNS) — ‘The night is long, but joy cometh in the morning, and it’s up to us to make sure it does. That’s our charge: deliver America a new dawn,’ Former Vice President Joe Biden said.

After Dorian, Baptist leader and Bahamas native sees devastation, resilience

By Adelle M. Banks — September 13, 2019

(RNS) — The Progressive National Baptist president said of some churches after the hurricane: ‘Even the ones that were serving as shelters, most of them have been compromised.’

Black clergy vow to forge their own path

By Adelle M. Banks — October 9, 2018

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Representatives of the Progressive National Baptist Convention spoke Tuesday at the National Press Club about the need to address race and spirituality amid the get-out-the-vote drives.

Kaine, Trump address faithful of different stripes

By Adelle M. Banks — August 11, 2016

(RNS) In a speech focused on faith and his fights for civil rights, the Virginia senator made a point of differentiating himself from the Republican nominee for president.

Voter registration on faith groups’ to-do lists

By Adelle M. Banks — August 2, 2016

WASHINGTON (RNS) The ‘Together We Vote’ campaign is one of the efforts by religious groups to mobilize new voters.

Jimmy Carter pushes for interracial Baptist cooperation

By Adelle M. Banks — June 2, 2016

(RNS) His work to bring Baptists of different races together nationwide is morphing into grass-roots attempts to address community needs.

Black churches bucking the trend of decline

By Adelle M. Banks — August 13, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (RNS) A recent Pew Research Center survey showed that historically black denominations are not losing their share of the U.S. population. Why is that?

50 years after Voting Rights Act, black churches fighting voting restrictions

By Adelle M. Banks — August 6, 2015

(RNS) Fifty years ago, Lyndon B. Johnson signed the landmark Voting Rights Act. Religious and civic groups are now fighting to restore its key provisions.

Civil rights veteran John Lewis urges black clergy to ‘fix’ Voting Rights Act

By Adelle M. Banks — June 25, 2015

WASHINGTON (RNS) Some 70 pastors and other religious leaders headed to lawmakers’ offices to press for changes in the Voting Rights Act.

Gardner C. Taylor, dean of black preachers, dies at 96

By Adelle M. Banks — April 6, 2015

(RNS) Michael Eric Dyson called Taylor’s preaching style a blend of brilliant metaphors and an “uncanny sense of rhythmic timing put to dramatic but not crassly theatrical effect.”

What do religious leaders want for Obama’s next four years?

By Adelle M. Banks — November 6, 2012

(RNS) Religious leaders already have their wish lists ready for President Obama's second term. Here are 10 officials' thoughts about what they’d like to see in the next four years. By Adelle M. Banks and Jeanie Groh.

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