The Rev Al Sharpton, nationally known civil rights activist and the host of PoliticsNation on MSNBC will be the guest speaker at The Connecticut State Missionary Baptist Convention Tuesday night, December 18th, at Zion Baptist Church, 147 Pearl Street in Waterbury. The prayer vigil and service is for the victims and survivors of the Newton tragedy. From the pulpit, Rev. Sharpton will call on officials and members of the community to get serious about gun control. Rev. Sharpton will speak at 8:00 p.m. Rev. Sharpton will also be joined by NAN board member Rev. Dr. Boise Kimber, President of the Connecticut State Missionary Baptist Convention, and other clergy, activists and community members.
Rev. Calbert Brantley invites and encourages all who are heavy in heart to attend and pray with the gathering.
The following is a statement from the Rev. Dr. Boise Kimber, President of the Connecticut State Missionary Baptist Convention, an association of 80 Missionary Baptist Churches throughout Connecticut. Rev. Dr. Kimber is also the Pastor at First Calvary Churches in New Haven and Hartford.
Today our hearts grieved when we learned of the tragic shooting in Newtown where the lives of innocent children and adults were snuffed out by an individual who was challenged with obvious issues. The timing of these events during this season of Advent forces us to remember the reason God sent His Son into the world. It is also a call for our city, state and national leaders to engage in a healthy discussion regarding gun control, crime and violence. As president I encourage you to join us in prayer for the families of the victims and the young man responsible for this tragedy.