Bishop P.A. Brooks, 1st Assistant Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ and the founding pastor of St. Paul Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Detroit, will host a citywide town hall meeting to assess the impact of the policies of President Barack Obama’s administration on the African American community.
The forum, taking place Dec. 11, 1 p.m. at St. Paul Tabernacle, 15340 Southfield Freeway, will be moderated by Bankole Thompson, editor of the Michigan Chronicle whose new book “Obama and Black Loyalty Vol. 1” is the focus of the meeting which is free and open to the public.
The Saturday forum will feature Bishop Brooks, Garrett Arwa, Michigan state field director for Organizing for America, the grassroots wing of the Obama campaign; Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit Branch NAACP; Rev. David Bullock, head of the Detroit chapter of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition; Simone Lightfoot, environmental and civil rights activist who heads the urban initiative for the National Wildlife Federation; Detroit attorney and entrepreneur Jerome Barney, a Republican; and Yusef Shakur, prison reform campaigner who is featured in Thompson’s book discussing the need for criminal justice reform under Obama.
This is the first community forum in Detroit by a major African American church following the results of the midterm elections where the administration of President Obama took a “shellacking” and left many to wonder what will happen to issues germane to the future of Black America.
Bishop Brooks, who oversees about 90 churches within the jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ in Michigan, has led many civic, social and educational efforts. He has met and prayed for many leaders, including presidents Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela.