Rev, Jamal Bryant to Open Freddie Gray Youth Center


Rev.Jamal Bryant, pastor of The Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, Maryland was instrumental in bringing calm to a city of unrest after the death of Freddie Gray, announced plans to lead a rally through the streets of Baltimore including clergy, gang members and children. He wants to keep the focus on reducing violence in the community especially after
the city of Baltimore endured 48 homicides in the month of May which is the worst it has seen in 40 years according to the Baltimore Sun. The rallies are scheduled to begin on Fathers Day, June 18, 2015 with a plan to travel the most dangerous neighborhoods.

Rev. Jamal Bryant is also planning to open the Freddie Gray Youth Empowerment Center in Bolton Hill, noting that the project is underway and has raised $27,000 thus far. They are actively seeking volunteers to serve food and teachers to provide instruction in the areas of reading and computer literacy.

Hats off to Rev. Jamal Bryant, he could have went away just as the media did once the unrest died down but he didn’t. He could have refused to include his church’s offerings in the Freddie Gray Youth Empowerment Center, but he didn’t. Rev.Bryant could have even refused to share this endeavor with other clergy, but he didn’t.

Rev. Bryant is staying the course, working with fellow clergy and citizens of Baltimore to make their home a better place. Rev. Jamal Bryant is putting his money where his mouth is unlike many Pastors who will use a bull horn but you better not ask the for no money (in my ebonics voice).

So many times we have witnessed Pastors across the country run to the scene when the cameras are around then quietly fade away just like the media. I applaud you Rev. Jamal Bryant for showing true leadership not only during the storm but the aftermath as well.

Great job, God’s good and faithful servant.

Photo courtesy: (Paul W. Gillespie, Baltimore Sun)

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