AME Church calls for business support

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Several months ago the AME Church laid down a marker that it would be wise if other churches and organizations would follow.   Reverend Jonathan Weaver says A.M.E. pastors, led by Bishop William P. DeVeaux, are poised to carry out a specific plan that they hope will spread to other denominations and ultimately catch fire in other denominations and the Black community throughout 2015.

The starting plan, in a nutshell, is for churches located in the A.M.E. Second District – North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and D.C. – to commit to the support of two Black-owned businesses. They are Thomas Morehead, president of a BMW dealership in Sterling, Va. and Donnell Thompson, co-founder/co-owner of RWDT Foods, Inc., a chain of restaurants based in N. Snellville, Ga. 

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2 thoughts on “AME Church calls for business support”

  1. I’ve reflected on your comment and am here with another consideration. Let’s take this issue to the Wilmington Ministerial Alliance. Additionally, a grocery store is a worthwhile project but we should also consider projects that can be supported by consumer spending so that everyone can get involved without going through red-tape

  2. YouthUSA is ready, willing and able to work with Bishop DeVeaux, Reverend Weaver, Rev Barber and like-minded leaders on 21st Century economic security strategies. We started out on a path for economic inclusion at Ebenezer AME, Ft. Washington, MD under Grainger and Jo Ann Browning’s pastoral leadership. They expressed a need for the least among us to be served by our collective efforts. Dr. Celestine Cheeks, the local lay president expressed concerns that too many prospective beneficiaries would be disenfranchised not only by Race, but by a Digital Divide. We met then Congressman Floyd Flake who became president of Wilberforce U. Rev. Flake’s leadership with the FDIC Advisory stimulated some thinking towards Economic Inclusion. This thinking advances the conversation from justice to a national security venue (See USA PATRIOT ACT). There is a credible threat to the ECONOMIC SECURITY of historically disadvantaged Americans. This threat is evidenced by the reality of being valued as MINORITIES. A MINORITY education, A MINORITY Business, Government benefits for MINORITIES perpetuates a problem dating back to the first compromise. We are prepared to host a series of cost-effective on-line meetings with business owners, nonprofit CDCs and accountable political leaders at all levels on shared ownership of a social enterprise asset.

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