Dr. R.B. Holmes
candidacy for presidency of the National Baptist Convention USA, inc.
(TriceEdneyWire.com) - Tallahassee, Fla.
Pastor Dr. R. B. Holmes, a leading activist against hazing and the infamous "stand your ground" laws, has announced his candidacy for the presidency of the National Baptist Convention USA., Inc.
At a National Press Club announcement last week, Holmes
called on the Black church to arise and take back its historic role in fighting social justice issues.
"The Black church has become too quiet, too passive, too disconnected when it comes to challenging policies programs and persons that degrade and devastate our people" said Holmes
, flanked by dozens of church and community leaders.
also announced the formation of a 40-member National Pastors' Task Force to repeal and repair "stand your ground" laws.
"We have come here today to say to Black America and to the country that we as a people of color and faith are now ready to step forward to address some of the most urgent and critical needs impacting the Black community," Holmes
said at the National Press Club announcement March 25.
"We can and must lead the way to resolve and solve the present problems in our communities.
We have come here also to launch my candidacy for the National Baptist Convention
which is one of the nation's oldest and largest religious organizations."
Pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
in Tallahassee, Holmes
is not new to the national stage.
He is former president of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education.
He also owns the Capital Outlook Newspaper, which is a member of the National Newspaper Publishers Association.
also indicates he
intends to establish multi-denominational alliances.
Bryant, from the African Methodist Episcopal Church
, will be co-chairing the National Pastors' Task Force
Bryant says he
stands behind Dr. Holmes
, largely because of his
Reflecting on the "historic Black church," he
said it "has always been on the front line, realizing that we are the voice for the voiceless.
Two years ago, Holmes
joined with NNPA
to announce a national initiative against hazing, which resulted in the National Anti-hazing/Anti-violence Task Force
church is viewed by Black community leaders as a headquarters for rallies and organizing.
Holmes is president of NAN in Tallahassee.
"The National Baptist Convention
must become more visible and vibrant as it relates to saving, sustaining and strengthening African-American families in particular and all families in general," Holmes
unveiled a 12-point action plan as his
vision for the Baptist organization.
In a statement, Holmes
says: "Enough is enough!