A minister who leads a black church group based in Washington, D.C., is accusing BB&T Corp. of being racist and is pursuing a boycott targeting 40 percent of the bank’s profits over the next seven years.
The Rev. Anthony Evans says the National Black Church Initiative represents 34,000 churches and 15.7 million blacks.
The bank said Thursday the accusations are “unfounded,” citing its involvement in inner-city civic and economic initiatives, financial-literacy programs and college scholarships.
The Rev. Seth Lartey, pastor at Goler Memorial AME Zion Church, said the boycott represents an “unfair mischaracterization” of BB&T’s relationship with the black community. Goler is a member of the initiative through AME, but Lartey said it does not support the boycott.
Evans declined to provide proof of the group’s overall support or to name churches in the Triad and North Carolina participating in the boycott.
“I haven’t decided when to activate them,” Evans said. “It may wait until I personally lead a demonstration at BB&T’s headquarters. Rest assured BB&T will feel it when it comes.”
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SOURCE: Winston-Salem Journal