President of the Council of Churches of the City of New York and senior pastor of Brooklyn, N.Y.’s 30,000-plus member Christian Cultural Center A.R. Bernard, called on black church leaders Friday to develop a framework to address the myriad issues facing the black community in contemporary America.
Citing the historically significant role of the church in the founding of the civil rights movement, and advancing the cause of black people in America, Bernard said the framework is necessary to facilitate a more comprehensive and cohesive approach to addressing issues facing the black community today.
He made his remarks as keynote speaker at the Dr. William Augustus Jones Memorial Breakfast at the National Action Network convention held at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.
“I applaud the myriad of things that are being done to deal with the symptoms within the black community. But they are dealing with the symptoms. I applaud the messages that come to stir us as we deal with the symptoms. But what we still lack if you indulge me, is a cohesive framework to address the issues in our community,” said Bernard.
“A comprehensive approach that takes a look at education, that takes a look at economics, that takes a look at politics; that takes a look at all of the issues and steps back and says ‘you know what? If we come together, put our minds together and create a framework that we can all agree on…,’” he posited.
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