The three Senior Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME), African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AME Zion) and Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Churches met with others on December 19th in Charlotte, NC to confer on strategies for a “Black Life Matters” campaign.
The actions put forward to by the three denominational groups include:
- The Senior Bishops stated that they intend to make their presence felt in Ferguson, Missouri, and to “do something specific while there to support the dreams of people like Michael Brown and his family”. These plans include meeting at local high schools and also pursuing college scholarships from each denomination.
- An organized Walk Out of AME, AME-Zion and CME churches is scheduled for January 18 is to make the presence of the churches known in every community around the nation, with the understanding that “there is a Ferguson in every community.”
- The churches also agreed to work together for an economic impact day – specifically, April 4, 2015 (which is the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’ Jr.’s death as well as the day before Easter) – and ask all members of participating churches to effectually show the impact of Black economics in communities throughout the United States by buying nothing on that day – except from Black entrepreneurs.
“We cannot let the serious needs and tragedies of the past months go by without our active involvement for justice. We believe the three requests we are making are creative and helpful. We will come together again in the near future, and we will continue to work together toward justice and healing in our nation. The mantra began, “Black life matters.” It is still true. But as we witness the carelessness with which lives have been taken, the predominance of violence in our communities, and as we witness the precious little thought given to persons of all races when it comes to the callous ways lives are ended in violence, we have to remember that these statements are also true: Brown life matters. Yellow life matters. Red life matters. White life matters. Yes, ALL LIFE MATTERS, for God has made from one flesh all of the people of the world. ” said CME Bishop Lawrence Reddick III in a statement.