Al Sharpton and Calvin O. Butts III Host Choose Healthy Life Black Clergy Conclave to Increase Coronavirus Vaccination Rates in the Black Community

The nation’s most esteemed Black pastorsled by Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Calvin O. Butts, III, gathered during the Choose Healthy Life Black Clergy Conclave on Nov. 19. The virtual event brought together more than 100 influential Black clergy as well as public health officials and nonprofit and corporate leaders. The Conclave focused on the notable progress that has been achieved in the fight to educate the public and increase COVID-19 vaccination rates in the Black community and what must be done to sustain the successful effort.

Leaders were briefed on the Choose Healthy Life (CHL) Action Plan, which provides COVID education, testing and vaccinations through the Black church– the oldest and most trusted institutions in the Black community. Since its launch earlier this year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Choose Healthy Life has engaged over 6 million and vaccinated nearly 50,000 in the Black communities it serves among its 120 churches spread across 13 states.

“Covid-19 has exposed health disparities, and more disturbingly, the impact of misinformation among our own people.  But I have looked beyond the horizon of today’s headlines. After 750,000 deaths in America and more than 5 million worldwide, the pendulum is beginning to swing —and Choose Healthy Life is at the vanguard of that change,” said civil rights leader and President of National Action Network (NAN) Rev. Al Sharpton.

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