The Progressive National Baptist Convention condemns this violence, but we also condemn the system that consistently ignores the need to engage in urban revitalization and providing jobs that pay a livable wage. Until the larger underlying issues are addressed, this frustration will erupt again and again. Let us pray and work to effect true, lasting and positive change.
As we pray and support the people of Baltimore, I'm asking all PNBC pastors and churches to make yourselves available to Baltimore clergy and congregations to provide tangible support as the Holy Spirit directs. I'm also asking that we use this as a moment to teach this current generation about the practice of nonviolent protest as practiced by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his words, "Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible."
Dr. James C. Perkins, President
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.