Black Baptist group renews historic calls for civil rights | Nation & World

The Progressive Baptist National Convention this week marked the 60th anniversary of its inception in the fire of the civil rights movement, citing its founders as inspiring new calls for racial justice, against voter suppression and in support of critical theory of the race.

The historically black denomination hosted a virtual annual convention with a series of church services, roundtables and voting on political resolutions.

He denounced voting restrictions approved in several Republican-led state houses, comparing those efforts in a resolution to the past suppression of the black vote.

“There is no problem with electoral fraud in the United States,” said the resolution, refuting the often-used justification for restrictive election laws. “There is a voter suppression problem in the United States. “

The denomination has also expressed support for Critical Race Theory, which has been targeted by religious and political conservatives.

The disputed resolution claims that the theory is even taught in elementary and secondary schools, claiming that it is primarily a college-level subject.

But the resolution said the theory is valuable for focusing on how “systemic and institutional racism has been at work in all aspects of American life since before the nation was even formed.”

Another resolution called for the passage of a long-pending bill in Congress that would require consideration of the issue of reparations for African Americans due to the impact of slavery and discrimination. .

And a resolution said gentrification – in which poorer residents are often left out of their neighborhoods after wealthier people and businesses move in – amounts to a “state of emergency in black America that requires an agenda. for fair action ”, including private and government funding. to counter its impacts.

The convention, with churches across the United States, the Caribbean, and other countries, was founded in 1961 as a split from the larger National Baptist Convention in the United States.

The founders included Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and his supporters, who wanted their denomination to fully support the civil rights movement.

The National Progressive Baptist Convention “was born…” He was born in search of righteousness.

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