Dr. R.B. Holmes Urges States to Abandon ‘Stand Your Ground’

Rev. R.B. Holmes Details 12 Point Action Plan to Challenge 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

Tallahassee, Fla. Pastor Dr. R. B. Holmes, a leading activist against hazing and the infamous “stand your ground” laws, has announced his candidacy for the presidency of the National Baptist Convention USA., Inc.

At a National Press Club announcement last week, Holmes called on the Black church to arise and take back its historic role in fighting social justice issues.

“The Black church has become too quiet, too passive, too disconnected when it comes to challenging policies programs and persons that degrade and devastate our people,” said Holmes, flanked by dozens of church and community leaders. He also announced the formation of a 40-member National Pastors’ Task Force to repeal and repair “stand your ground” laws.

Pastor of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Holmes is not new to the national stage. He is former president of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education. He also owns the Capital Outlook Newspaper, which is a member of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Among others participating in the press conference were civil rights Attorney Benjamin Crump; Judge Glenda Hatchett, Baltimore Pastor Jamal-Harrison Bryant, the parents of the late Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Michael Jiles, and Robert Champion.

“We stand with you because we understand the magnificent power of the potential collectively that is among us,” said Judge Hatchett. “And we’re going to manifest it in ways that you can’t measure.”

Holmes also indicates he intends to establish multi-denominational alliances. Bryant, from the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will be co-chairing the National Pastors’ Task Force, Holmes announced.

Bryant says he stands behind Dr. Holmes, largely because of his vision. Reflecting on the “historic Black church,” he said it “has always been on the front line, realizing that we are the voice for the voiceless. And so many who have become disconcerted and disenfranchised are really trying to discover has the Black church contracted laryngitis? Because we’ve not heard a voice,” said Bryant.

Two years ago, Holmes joined with NNPA to announce a national initiative against hazing, which resulted in the National Anti-hazing/Anti-violence Task Force. His church is viewed by Black community leaders as a headquarters for rallies and organizing. The National Action Network’s Rev. Al Sharpton has been among speakers at the church. Holmes is president of NAN in Tallahassee.

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Source: The District Chronicles | Hazel Trice Edney

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