"In discussion with [participants] the following day, I could tell right away that it was a highly valuable experience." - host of a Monticello presentation
"We all left grateful for the way he gave us some insight into the realities that he and other African Americans face daily in Minneapolis and in so many other places in America."- participant in a Minneapolis presentation
"The presentations were both poignant and powerful, and the time of sharing afterwards was honest and passionate and helpful. It was a good opportunity to begin to broaden and deepen understanding, and also to begin to make some personal connections." - host of a Minneapolis presentation
To help the church reflect on the challenges of being Christian in America after Charleston, Falcon Heights, Baton Rouge, and other such incidents, the Minnesota Council of Churches has organized a speakers’ bureau of Christian leaders from our Historic Black Churches.
Hearing the stories of these pastors and their families about being black in Minnesota will build empathy in your congregation, which aids discernment of right action. Help your community
learn from black Christian leaders about their experiences and concerns by inviting one to speak in your church.
The leaders willing to give so generously of their time include:
Fred Washington of the Church of God in Christ
- Rev. Billy Russell, president of the State Baptist Convention
- Bishop Richard
Howell, Pastor and Overseer of Shiloh Temple, Minneapolis
- Rev. Nazim Fakir, Pastor at St. Peter's African Methodist Episcopal Church, Minneapolis
- Rev. Demetrius Chester, Youth Development and Outreach Pastor at New Covenant Church of God in Christ, Minneapolis
To ask one of these talented leaders to speak to your community, please email MCC. Include in your email:
- Whether you have a preference for a specific speaker
- Three (3) dates and times you believe would work (ideally, one of these dates will not be a Sunday)
- The best way to reach you
MCC will put you in touch with an excellent speaker and leader to make arrangements.
There is no charge from MCC for this opportunity; however, speakers may incur travel or pulpit supply expenses, so honoraria are encouraged as a best practice.