Black Lawmakers Reflect on Faith In Fight for Social, Racial Justice Ahead of Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Prayer Breakfast

Barbara Lee

After Republican presidential hopefuls ignored the #BlackLivesMatter movement during a debate this week, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) said it’s up to the Democratic Party and faith leaders to fight for social and racial justice.

“It’s the Republican Party and that is not what’s most important for them,” the longtime Democratic representative told NewsOne on Thursday, a day after CNN hosted the debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. “That’s why I’m a Democrat.”

The comments came during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation convention in Washington, D.C., and just before the group’s annual prayer breakfast on Saturday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, prompting NewsOne to ask lawmakers to reflect on the role faith plays in their leadership.

“In the march for social and racial justice, lawmakers are blessed to have many allies, including faith groups, community organizations, and passionate advocates,” U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) told NewsOne in an email response about the significance of faith in public service. “As we work to address the many challenges facing our nation, we need all members of our community, including people of faith, to raise their voices, demand change, and fight for social justice and racial justice.”

Last month, Lee held a community forum at Brookins AME Church in Oakland, California to discuss policing, church shootings, and racist policies in America, drawing dozens of youth.

“Each and every day I’m trying to 1. Change the laws that are causing the racist policies that have been perpetrated over the years,” she said in a YouTube video recording of the event. “2. I’m working every day to bring resources away from the Pentagon, which has a huge budget into my community to create jobs here.”

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Lynette Holloway

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