Civil rights leader to address church men's day celebration

November 17, 1995|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF

St. John the Evangelist Baptist Church has invited veteran civil rights leader Julian Bond and a New York City minister, the Rev. Calvin Butts, as speakers for its annual men's day celebration this weekend.

Mr. Butts, pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City, will kick off the men's day celebration at a prayer breakfast Saturday at the Officers Club at Fort Meade. The minister has a national reputation for his campaign to end misogynous rap lyrics.

The Rev. Jason Clark of Los Angeles will deliver a message during regular Sunday worship service at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center. Mr. Bond will speak at 4 p.m., also at the interfaith center.

This year's men's day theme is "Intergenerational Bonding of the African American Male."

"The purpose is to celebrate the fact that we are men who are working for the Lord and lift up the fact that we need men in the church and the community to address conditions that adversely affect us," said the Rev. Robert A. F. Turner, the pastor.

The activities are a prelude to a men's ministry that is being organized, said Lonnie King, chairman of the men's day committee.

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