April 2018
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A word for the journey

Dear Friends,
At the beginning of April, we remembered the 50th anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today, we remember another 4,000 victims of racist terror — victims of lynching.
      I’m honored to join with other faith leaders from across the country for the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, a project of the Equal Justice Initiative. And while we do not even know the names of these victims, we believe in a God who does. We have hope that the One whose “eye is on the sparrow” knows us each by name because all of us are holders of the divine image. 
      Coretta Scott King told us, “Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.”  
      I have been so moved by the sacrifices of those who have come before and inspired, not just to remember, but to keep on walking this long path toward justice. With every story of hardship, I am blessed to hear another story of strength and hope. 
      In this newsletter you’ll see a few of these ways that the New Baptist Covenant movement is picking up the torch. I invite you to journey with us.

Hannah McMahan 
Executive Director 

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice opens today in Montgomery

New Baptist Covenant Executive Director Hannah McMahan at the opening of the The National Memorial for Peace and Justice.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum, opening to the public on April 26, will become the nation’s first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people, people terrorized by lynching, African Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow, and people of color burdened with contemporary presumptions of guilt and police violence. Read more ...

NBC there for A.C.T. to End Racism rally

New Baptist Covenant Executive Director Hannah McMahan and Program Director Phaedra Blocker during the prayer walk at the A.C.T. Now to End Racism Rally.

It was a blustery day in our nation's capitol, but that didn't deter the thousands who joined together in a silent prayer walk to give witness of their commitment to continue the work of racial justice begun by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read more ...

BTSR, STVU partner together
for religious liberty course

A new course on religious liberty offered by Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, and in partnership with the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, offers the rare opportunity to be immersed in issues of religious liberty in both a historical and contemporary context. Read more... 

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Are you interested in working for racial justice through your church?

New Baptist Covenant offers that opportunity through its Covenant of Action program. Covenants of Action bring together Baptist churches from different racial and ethnic backgrounds in the same city or region to build relationships and work together to create positive change in the community beyond their churches. For information on how you can form a Covenant of Action, click here.  
     For those churches applying for new grants and for those already in a Covenant of Action and need a grant to support ongoing work:

Applications due:
June 15
Grant recipients announced: 
July 13
Grants dispersed:
August 3

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