On Thursday, April 3, 2008, at the exact hour and at the same pulpit that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached his last sermon at Mason Temple 40 years ago, Bishop Charles E. Blake, presiding prelate of the Church Of God In Christ, the largest Holiness- Pentecostal denomination in the world, will launch a post-civil rights campaign to reclaim poor Black children in U.S. inner cities and in Africa.
Bishop Blake will lead his first Pan African Leadership Summit in Memphis, Tennessee. Church and private-sector leaders and policy intellectuals from the U.S. and abroad will join Bishop Blake in Memphis as he outlines a new programmatic and policy agenda.
“We now move beyond the politics of protest and racial complaint to an interracial and ecumenical movement to rebuild Black civil society with interventions and programs that measurably reduce Black ‘fatherlessness’ and Black-on-Black violence,” said Bishop Blake. As a part of the Summit, Bishop Blake will challenge leaders to work together on domestic and international policy initiatives.
“On the 40th anniversary of Dr. King’s last sermon, we first call upon Black churches to commit our time, talent and treasure to saving those Black youth who have been left to suffer and die in our cities and on the continent of Africa,” said Bishop Blake.