African American Denomination, Other Faith And Civil Rights Leaders Call For A “Moment Of Remembrance” Honoring President Nelson Mandela On Sunday, December 15, 2013

 December 12, 2013 – Washington, DC — We, leaders of predominantly African American denominations, other faith leaders and civil rights leaders call on individuals, churches and organizations to honor President Nelson Mandela with an act of solidarity on the day he is laid to rest, Sunday, December 15, 2013. Across the nation, please join us in “a minute of remembrance.”

It is impossible to think about Nelson Mandela without thinking about Martin Luther King, Jr. While separated by great physical distance, the walk to freedom for Blacks in America and Blacks in South Africa was fueled by an inextricable spiritual connection personified in the lives of these two men who changed the world for the better.

As a freedom fighter and a unifier, Mandela reminded us, “Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, [we] can be that generation.” He understood that bitterness and hatred were poison to the soul. As President of South Africa, he modeled forgiveness and reconciliation in a way that left the world in awe. For his noble fight, his personification of forgiveness and his ongoing inspiration to create a better future, we pause in national unity to honor, salute and remember Nelson Mandela.

Mandela’s life serves as an inspiration to people everywhere to continue the fight for freedom and equal opportunity. As we pause on Sunday, let us pledge to continue the unfinished business to which this great, yet humble, servant dedicated himself.

On Sunday, December 15, 2013, we ask African American organizations, churches and community members across the country to join us in a “moment of remembrance” dedicated to Nelson Mandela, his life and his legacy through a number of special activities such as: a Minute of Silence; Liturgy; Youth Presentation/Recitation of Mandela quotes; Dance ministry performance/dedication; or other events as desired. In support of this unified effort, we affix our names: 

The Reverend Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.

Pastor Emeritus, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church


The Reverend Dr. Barbara Williams-­-Skinner

Co-Chair, National African American Clergy Network


The Reverend Dr. T. DeWitt Smith, Jr.

Co-Chair, National African American Clergy Network


Mr. Marc H. Morial

President and CEO, National Urban League


The Reverend Dr. Carroll A. Baltimore

President, Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.


Bishop George E. Battle, Jr.

Senior Bishop, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church


Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle, Church of God In Christ, Inc.


Bishop John R. Bryant

Senior Bishop, African Methodist Episcopal Church


Ms. Melanie Campbell

President and CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation


The Reverend Dr., Ambassador Suzan Johnson 

Cook Founding President, Women In Ministry International


The Reverend Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III

Chair of the Board, The Proctor Institute


Bishop Reginald Jackson

Regional Senior Bishop, African Methodist Episcopal Church


Ms. Lorraine C. Miller

Interim President and CEO, NAACP


Bishop Paul S. Morton

International Presiding Bishop, Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International


The Reverend Dr. Julius R. Scruggs

President, National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.


The Reverend Al Sharpton

Founder and President, National Action Network


Bishop Paul A. G. Stewart, Sr.

Senior Bishop, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church


The Reverend Dr. Stephen Thurston

President, National Baptist Convention of America, Inc.


The Reverend Dr. C. T. Vivian

President, Southern Christian Leadership Conference


Bishop Edwin C. Bass

President, COGIC Urban Initiatives, Inc.


Bishop Michael Kelsey, Sr.

Executive Treasurer, Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International


The Reverend Dr. Otis Moss, III

Senior Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ


The Reverend Talbert Swan, II

Advisor To Church of God in Christ Presiding Bishop On Social Justice/Public Policy

“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.” – Nelson Mandela

Enter your email address to follow this site and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 6,717 other subscribers
About Kerline K. Jules (686 Articles)
A native of Miami, Florida, Kerline Jules is one of South Florida’s leading young professionals and community leaders invested in public service and passionate about elevating the message of social and economic empowerment. Kerline believes a legacy of good intentions is no legacy at all; her very focus is on making sure that her life’s work makes an impact.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: