National African American Clergy Network

What is the National African American Clergy Network (NAACN)

The National African American Clergy Network is an information sharing network of denomination and independent church leaders communicating regularly on issues impacting African American communities.  Values Partnerships assists in the information sharing coordination. NAACN is coordinated by Skinner Leadership, a nonprofit organization.

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Partners of NAACN

Among partners in the National African American Clergy Network are African Methodist Episcopal Church, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International, National Baptist Convention, USA, National Baptist Convention of America, Progressive National Baptist Convention and independent organizational partners such as PICO National Network, African-American Ministers Leadership Council, Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference, Inc., Values Pat, the Global Alliance Interfaith Network and the Global United Fellowship. These leaders represent a network of over 13 million people of faith across the United States.

NAACN Key Projects

A key project of the National African American Clergy Network was the 2014 and 2016 Freedom Sunday campaign around African American voter education, registration. The contemporary Freedom Sunday campaigns are a celebration of the 1964 Freedom Summer in which white and black students worked with civil rights leaders in a massive registration of Black voters in Mississippi.  During the 2014 Mid-term election, the Freedom Sunday Campaign reach over 1 million black voters with the Faith Leaders Civic Engagement Toolkit, through 3500 churches in six key states (Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina).  The Freedom Sunday Coalition continued to advance African American voter education, registration, and mobilization in the 2016 Presidential election.

NAACN 2017 Focus

In 2017, the National African American Clergy Network and Values Partnership will again coordinate monthly information sharing conference call, engaging well known issue experts and clergy leaders.  The goal is to equip Black churches and ministry leaders to effectively engage the new administration on behalf of African Americans. The Matthew 25 Pledge is a commitment of the faith community to support vulnerable populations in the new administration.

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