Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.

Advocacy Day

April 16-17, 2018

Capitol Hill

Washington, DC


In Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Poor People’s Campaign and Dr. King’s Martyrdom


PNBC Conducts Successful Advocacy Day in Washington, DC.


On April 16 and 17, delegates from Progressive National Baptist Convention under the leadership of President Dr. James C. Perkins convened in Washington, DC to oppose policies that hurt the poor. The most recent Executive Order calls to tighten further restrictions on safety net programs that will harm the poor and make between 5 million and 7 million recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp program) subject to stricter work requirements. The recommended cuts suggested in the Farm Bill will decrease funding to SNAP that supply food to children, the elderly, the disabled, and working families.


The PNBC gathering in Washington began with a Prayer and Unity Service for PNBC churches, constituents and members of Congress on April 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the host congregation, Alfred Street Baptist Church, 301 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. PNBC speakers included Dr. Perkins who is also Senior Pastor, Greater Christ Baptist Church, Detroit, MI; Dr. Raphael Warnock, Senior Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA; Dr. Howard-John Wesley, Senior Pastor, Alfred Street Baptist Church, Alexandria, VA; Dr. Frederick Haynes, Senior Pastor, Friendship West Baptist Church, Dallas, TX.


On Tuesday, April 17 at 10:00 a.m., a press conference was held at House Triangle on Capitol Hill. PNBC leaders, their supporters such as Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, along with members of Congress including Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Rep. James Clyburn spoke out against the proposed cuts to SNAP. After the press conference, PNBC conducted important meetings with the following members of Congress to discuss the Farm Bill.


Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX 18th District)

Rep. Jim Clyburn Representative (D-SC 6th District)

Senator Debbie Stabenow  (D-MI)

Rep. Rodney Davis, (R-IL 13th District) 

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)

Rep. Marcia Fudge, 11th District (D)

Senator Joe Donnelly, (D-IN) 

Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO), 1st Dist.

Senator Pat Roberts, (R-KS)

Rep. Bob Gibbs (D) (7th District)

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO)

Senator Gary Peters (D-OH) 


In addition to the meetings, information packets stating concerns with the Farm Bill were given to the Agricultural Committee members in the House and Senate.


Click on the following videos for additional information.

Farm Bill:

PNBC Leadership on the Hill:

PNBC Friends on the Hill:

As a result of the Advocacy Day, Senator Debbie Stabenow sent the following letter to regarding the Farm Bill. Click here to download.


Leadership and members of PNBC congregations from various regions supported the successful PNBC Advocacy Day.



PNBC Leadership

Dr. James C. Perkins
Dr. Timothy Stewart
Dr. Timothy Tee Boddie

PNBC Social Justice Commission Members

Dr. Raphael Warnock, Chair
Dr. Tyrone Pitts
Dr. Freddy Haynes

PNBC Southern Region:

Rev. Bronson Elliott

PNBC Eastern Region:

Dr. Howard-John Wesley
Rev. Wallace Baxter
Rev. Keith Byrd
Rev. Kip Banks
Rev. Edwin Brown
Rev. Dell Roberts
Lincoln Burris
Rev. Perry Smith
Rev. Carlos younger
Rev. Sam Nixon
Minister Delante Goldson
Rev. Zidde Hamatheite


Dr. L. Henderson Bell
Rev. Clifton Caldwell
Dr. Marty Henderson, 
Dr. David L. Hunter
Dr. Samuel Underwood Peoples, 
Dr. Keith G. Tyler, Sr. 
Rev. Darryl Gray

Bread for the World
NAFEO: National Association of Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Skinner Leadership Institute
Virginia Union Seminary Students


Host Church: Alfred Street Baptist and Social Justice Ministry   

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Lodging: Hilton Alexandria Mark Center 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22311
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