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CONGRESSMAN DANNY K. DAVIS CALLS FOR BLACK MALE SUNDAY

8/23/2017, noon | Updated on 8/23/2017, noon
Davis said during his press conference at Rock of our Salvation Church, located in the Austin community, that he has ...
Congressman Danny K. Davis recently announced ‘Black Male Sunday’ and the upcoming State of the African-American Male Conference on Sept. 8 will help reclaim many Black males back to the church to become better men in their communities. Photo Credit: The Office of Congressman Danny K. Davis

CONGRESSMAN DANNY K. DAVIS CALLS FOR BLACK MALE SUNDAY

By Christopher Shuttlesworth

Congressman Danny K. Davis and community leaders recently announced an initiative entitled “Black Male Sunday,” which will

call Chicagoland churches to encourage and help black males overcome their challenges.

Davis said during his press conference at Rock of our Salvation Church, located in the Austin community, that he has noticed that many churches lack a strong male presence, which is a major problem in black communities.

He said ‘Black Male Sunday’ and the upcoming State of the African-American Male Conference on Sept. 8 will help reclaim many

Black males back to the church to become better men in their communities.

“I am not a, ‘tyrant, church-solves- it-all worship devoted type of Christian,’ “Davis said.

“But I do believe the church is a great social development institution as well as a spiritual institution. If we can get more boys going to church during their childhood then they will be better men during adulthood.”

Davis explained that the church can attract more young males by forming and organizing a Boy Scouts troop 99, athletic programs and

theatre art groups.

“I think all of these can produce the kind of men that we hope the men of our culture, community and heritage will become,” he said.

Pastor Robert Stevenson, Rock of our Salvation Church, said he understands the need for more men to be involved in the church

because he was one of those men more than 20 years ago.

Stevenson said as a former functioning drug addict and alcoholic, he never could understand the ways of the church because he lacked a true “relationship” with God. But he says after personally seeking

Christ, he became a better overall man.

“I never thought I would be a Pastor,” he said. “So, when Davis brought the ‘Black Male Sunday’ initiative to me I told him to ‘sign me up.’”

Davis’ State of the African-American Male Conference on Sept. 8 is designed to further push ‘Black Male Sunday’ and to better understand what the status of African American males is in the country and to proactively take action.

“If people were taught better, they would have a much better view of what the rationale is for their utilization,” he said. “So, we hope the conference is an eye-opener, door opener, stimulation pusher and idea implementer t make lives better in local black communities.”