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    Tuesday, January 30, 2007

    Washington, DC --Set in the city of Brotherly love and the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence where all people were declared to be created equal under the law, the National Black Justice Coalition, http://www.nbjc.org/, continues the dialogue of equality and equal justice with a nationwide forum on Black Church Homophobia.

    Over three hundred people from across the nation will gather to debate the issue of homosexuality and its role within the Black Church as well as provide solutions on how to create a welcoming and gay affirming church.

    Black iconic intellectuals such as the Rev. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson plus several other religious leaders both anti-gay and gay affirming will headline the event and facilitate discussion ranging from HIV and the Black Church to debating the legitimacy of scripture referring to homosexuality.

    In addition to Dr. Dyson, other confirmed participants include Bishop Harry Jackson (Maryland), Bishop Yvette Flunder (San Francisco), Rev. Eugene Rivers (Boston), Dr. Kenneth Samuel (Atlanta). Rev. Deborah L. Johnson (Santa Cruz, CA), and Rev. Irene Monroe (Boston).

    NBJC Black Church Summit Talking Points:
    What is NBJC?
    The National Black Justice Coalition is a nationwide Black gay civil rights organization headquartered in Washington, DC. The mission of the organization is to end to racism and homophobia within the Black communities across America.

    Location/Date/Time:
    The 2nd Annual Black Church Summit will be held at the historic Mother Bethel AME Church, 419 S. 6th Street,
    Philadelphia, PA, Saturday, March 10, 2007, 9am- 5pm.

    Media Briefings/Interviews:
    9am – 11:30am, Saturday, March 10, 2007. To schedule time please and any special requests please contact Herndon
    Davis, at hedavis@nbjc.org or at 202-349-3739.

    Why is the Black Church Summit important? Why should my media outlet cover it?
    The factors of HIV, anti-gay violence and emotional depression are rampant within the Black gay community. Often the Black Church is ill equipped to adequately address these issues which are often swept under the societal rug.

    This year’s event will once again attract nationally prominent clergy, civil rights leaders, and many opposed to and also affirming of homosexuality. Our goal is to assist the Black Church on how to embrace their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender friends, neighbors, family, and members of their congregations.

    The continued silence of the Black gay community on issues dealing with homophobia has left the entire community vulnerable to the divisive tactics of those who do not have the community’s best interest at heart.

    What does NBJC plan to accomplish through the Black Church Summit?
    We plan to increase the size of our ongoing Black Church Social Justice Community Action Network which is a national coalition of gay affirming Black churches and clergy who will provide activism on ending Black Church homophobia and discrimination.

    What is NBJC’s position on gay marriage?
    There is no such thing as same-sex marriage, there is only marriage and we believe that all Americans regardless of race, ethnicity and sexual orientation should have the right to marry the person they love.

    Can I receive more information about NBJC or the Black Church Summit?
    Yes, please contact Dr. Sylvia Rhue at srhue@nbjc.org or at 202-349-3855.

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