NAACP Hosts 15TH Religious Leaders Summit in Virginia

Diverse faith leaders meet with NAACP to discuss health, voting rights, and other civil rights issues

(Washington, DC) – The NAACP hosts its 15th Annual National Religious Leaders Summit in Arlington, Virginia this week to bring together faith and civil rights leaders to discuss key social justice issues facing the country.

“This summit is a key opportunity to join with the faith leaders to discuss strategies for fighting social injustice in our shared community," stated Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors. “We are confident that this collaborative event will be a catalyst for action in houses of worship across the country.”

During the three-day meeting, faith and lay leaders will discuss the Affordable Care Act, voting rights, sanctions around the Confederate Flag, the fight against HIV/AIDS and more.

“The faith community remains a cornerstone of the civil rights movement and the NAACP,” stated Lorraine C. Miller, NAACP Interim President and CEO.  “Working together, we can continue to turn back the attacks on voting rights and stop the HIV/AIDS epidemic that is plaguing our neighborhoods.”

Participants at the event will also honor Senior Bishop George Edward Battle with the Rev. Julius C. Hope Religious Leaders Award.

“Bishop Battle has dedicated his life to serving God and his community,” stated Rev. Nelson Rivers, NAACP Vice President for Stakeholder Relations.  “We are pleased to present him with the Rev. Julius C. Hope Religious Leaders Award for his commitment to keeping social justice in his sermons and in his church.”

The black churches represented at the meeting included AME Zion, Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME), Black Methodist for Church Renewal (BMCR), National Baptist Convention-USA, National Baptist Convention of America, Progressive National Baptist and Primitive National Baptist.


Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.  You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.

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