Freedom Sunday, October 26: From the Pews to the Polls!
On Monday Oct. 20, pastors, worship leaders, and men of faith from Dallas, Smith and Jefferson Counties all gathered for the Freedom Sunday Clergy Luncheon. The event was held on the Inspiring Body of Christ Church in Dallas.
Their goal was to strategize how to increase voter turnout from their churches and communities this weekend for Freedom Sunday. The attendees included: Rev. Bryan Carter, Bishop T. D. Jakes, Rev. Rickie Rush, Rev. Dr. Zan Wesley Holmes Jr., Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, and a host of other supporters and pastors.
Freedom Sunday is an effort to recall the spirit of Freedom Summer fifty years ago. In 1964, Mississippi had the lowest percentage of eligible black voters who were actually registered to vote. This led to a coalition being formed that included CORE, SNCC, NAACP, COFO, and other Civil Rights organizations. Their ranks also included almost 1,000 white college students, northern volunteers and citizens all joining together to register as many eligible black citizens as possible.