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MessageThe 2. 5 Million Member National Progressive Baptist Convent

The 2. 5 Million Member National Progressive Baptist Convention Endorses Millions More Movement
Updated Aug 25, 2005, 05:31 pm

“Convention Recognizes Need for Unity of Black Leadership and Organizations”

* Official Millions More Movement Website (

Washington, DC ( – Today, one of the largest Baptist denominations in the country, the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC) passed a resolution to endorse the October 2005 Millions More Movement. PNBC pledged to mobilize its members to attend and participate fully in the movement.

"We fully support the goals, programs and ideals of this very important movement," said Rev. Dr. Major Jemison, PNBC President. "Our concerns and issues and those of the Millions More Movement are one in the same, and it is our responsibility to continue the legacy of our founding members, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. L. Vencheal Booth, Dr. Gardner C. Taylor and others to address these social concerns and to get actively involved in a movement that will be of great benefit to our people. We stand ready to forge a strong leadership coalition with our other organization so that together the various problems facing of our people can be resolved."

PNBC’s Millions More Movement Resolution states that the Progressive National Baptist Convention recognizes that no one organization or leader can solve the many critical needs and problems facing Black people. Therefore, the Progressive National Baptist Convention affirms that collaboration between and among Black leaders and organizations is the foundation for addressing the problems. The resolution states, "…our success depends now on our ability to all come together, to think, to plan and to act on behalf of the whole of our people,…’ The PNBC recognizes that, as a people working together, we have within us, the God given power, intellect, creativity, resiliency and the economic capacity to lift our people from where we are to where God wants us to be…"

"The support and endorsement of the National Progressive Baptist Convention is in keeping with God’s mandate, to help, the "least of these," said Minster Louis Farrakhan, National Convener of the Millions More Movement. "The coalition of leadership being developed among our leaders is a history making experience that is long over due and that will resonate among the masses of our people."

The National Executive Director of the Millions More Movement, the Reverend Willie F. Wilson, a PNBC pastor from Washington, DC who is the senior pastor at the Union Temple Baptist Church said "this endorsement and full participation of the Millions More Movement is a major step in the right direction for our people as we begin to mobilize and strategize to empower the masses of our people to improve their status in the arenas of health, education, economics, politics, strong moral and spiritual values. The PNBC ‘s involvement in the movement parallels its rich legacy as a champion for social justice, which is the agenda on which it was found."

PNBC leaders resolved that "it will covenant in solemn agreement with the AME’s, AMEZ’s, Pentecostals, other Baptists, Muslims and like-minded faith communities and organizations such as the National

Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Council of Negro Women

(NCNW), the National Urban League, National Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs, fraternities and

sororities and countless other organizations in dedicated leadership, resources and programs to create the spirit of unity among our people for the accomplishment of a shared destiny."

The PNBC further resolved that it would mobilize all of the churches in their convention and use its resources to get the word out. They will participate in the weekly "Fast and Focus," where those attending the events and those in support of it will take time to focus on the Millions More Movement and the principles for its stands, Unity, Spiritual Values, Education Excellence, Economic and Political Empowerment, Universal Healthcare, Housing, Cultural Development, Justice and Peace. The Progressive National Baptist Church recognizes that the 10th Anniversary Commemoration of the historic Million Man March is an excellent time for all groups and organizations to organize and mobilize our people nationally and put systems in place that will permit a successful programmatic thrust to save our people; and ourselves


The Millions More Movement, which will commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Million Man March, is expected to exceed the estimated 1.2 million who attended the Million Man March in 1995. This year’s movement will involve men, women and children and is designed to bring together all of the diverse segments of the black national and international communities to create a viable framework for resolving critical issues affecting millions of men, women, children and families. It is a united campaign to reinvigorate efforts to maximize dispossessed communities, develop a collective framework to respond to critical concerns in economic, social, political, educational, health, financial and cultural disparities and acknowledge the commonalities among black people.

The original Million Man March brought unprecedented numbers of African American men to the nation’s capital and demonstrated a collective willingness to atone for past shortcomings and to reconcile differences at home, school, church, organizations and the society in general.

For more information on the Millions More Movement and to register as donors/supporters or request information on transportation/lodging and vending requirements online visit

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