Convention Calls For Change In African American Community
People from all over the country are gathered in the Coliseum, listening to speakers and hoping for change in the black community.
By: Phoebe Brown
Posted: 11:00 A.M. Mar. 3, 2010
African American Church leaders from around the country are meeting in Columbia's Carolina Coliseum this week, trying to find a solution to the problem of the growing number of black men in jail.
The event is known as "The Great Gathering", and marks the first time in 45 years that three major black Methodist denominations, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, have come together.
The reverend David Jarrett, of Michigan, says that the key to changing the issue involves turning to the past.
"So us coming back to review our history and the contribution we've been given will give us a greater impact for the future," Jarrett said.
But another pastor is at the gathering for a different reason.
"To me it's not a black or white thing, it's a human thing. And we need to focus more on mankind and loving one another," the reverend Phyllis Shipp says.