FIFTH EPISCOPAL DISTRICT
African Methodist Episcopal Church
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT: Mrs. Jacquelyn
Friday, March 4, 2011
(323) 494-9493; firstname.lastname@example.org
BISHOP KIRKLAND - PRESIDING OVER 14 WESTERN STATES IN THE USA LEADS
MEMBERSHIP IN STAND FOR JUSTICE
Where/When: Friday, March 4, 2011 11:45 AM at the 2011
Mid Year Conference of the Fifth Episcopal District of the AME Church held
at the LAX Hilton Hotel 5711 W Century Blvd – Los Angeles, CA 90045
What: The members of the Fifth Episcopal District,
covering 14 western states voted unanimously today to Seek Justice in the
homicidal killing of Rev. Marvin Louis Booker (an ordained minister) by
Denver Sheriffs. “It is our calling to support the Booker Family, join with
the Shorter AME Church family and fulfill the legacy of the African
Methodist Episcopal Church – to speak truth to power”, declares Bishop
Theodore Larry Kirkland, the presiding bishop of this region. “We will not
accept the blatant disregard for the lives of any human being, and we are
acutely aware of the continued killing of people of color by law enforcement
under the color of “justifiable homicide”, he continues. “We recognize
that this type of injustice plagues all of us in our local areas, “continues
the Rev. Spencer Booker, brother of the late Rev. Marvin Booker. “And the
time to protect our loved ones, the average resident, and everyone is now!”,
declared the members of the Social Action Committee, chaired by Mrs.
Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker. The 7 member committee, after deliberating
over a two day period and conducting a fact finding review recommended and
received approval of the Fifth Episcopal District of the AME Church to
initiate the following action:
1. Call for an Immediate Investigation by the US Dept of Justice.
2. Call for a Deliberative Hearing by the National NAACP (similar to the
hearings being convened in Houston).
3. Gather information via our local churches of similar incidents and
create a database of this type abuse of civil and human rights to add to the
national database being assembled.
4. Gather in Denver & Requst the support of the entire AME Church.
Join with the Booker family, the Shorter Church family and other victims of
abuse by Denver police and sheriff departments, taking a stand to say,
“Enough is enough”. Our own Rev. Spencer Booker, his 82 year old
father who is a retired Itinerant Elder in the 13th Episcopal District and
their spouses are standing on the wall. They must not stand alone.
About the African Methodist Episcopal Church
The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church is the oldest black
denomination in the United States of America, founded in 1787. It provides
services in the USA, on the continents of Africa and Europe, in the
Caribbean region, and in the countries of Canada, India, Amsterdam and
Bermuda. Bishop T. Larry Kirkland is the assigned Episcopal leader of
fourteen western American states for the AME church and President of the
church’s governing body – The General Board. .
About Bishop Kirkland:
Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, Sr. was elected and consecrated the one hundred
fourteenth Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1996 in
Louisville, Kentucky. His first assignment was to the Seventeenth Episcopal
District encompassing the countries of Zaire, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda,
Burundi, Malawi and Zimbabwe. After four years of international service, the
General Conference of 2000 assigned Bishop Kirkland to serve as the
Ecumenical Officer for the Denomination. He served in Ninth District
(Alabama). In 2001, he served as the President of the Council of Bishops. In
2008, he was elected President of the General Board.