The Atlanta NAACP will hold its annual Jubilee Day in observance of the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Cascade United Methodist Church, 3144 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta, GA, where Reverend Dr. Marvin A. Moss is the senior pastor.
The Reverend Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., who retired from the pastorate of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago after serving for 36 years, is the speaker for the NAACP’s Jubilee Day.
“Cascade United Methodist Church is once again proud to open our doors to welcome the members and supporters of the Atlanta Branch of the NAACP for their Annual Jubilee Day as we celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation and what this means for our people,” Pastor Moss said. “More importantly, we want to thank the NAACP for continuing to be the ‘rock’ in this time of challenge and the entity that brings us together. What a wonderful opportunity for all of Atlanta to meet here at Cascade for a day of celebration and a day of prayer for our nation and president,” Moss added.
Atlanta NAACP President, Reverend Dr. R. L. White, Senior Pastor of Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church, stated, “The first day of another year reminds all of us where we have come from and where we have to go.
“Let us come together to thank God for the NAACP and what it has meant to the African American community throughout this country and especially in Atlanta, the seat of one of the most successful African American communities in the world,” Rev. White said. We urge all of Atlanta to come out and bring your entire family; let us rally to the cause and use Jubilee Day to make a commitment to do a better job at serving our people.”
Rev. Wright was pastor to then presidential candidate Barack Obama when controversy arose over his sermons and his so-called black liberation theology. So much controversy ensued over a segment of one of Wright’s sermons, that Obama gave his memorial speech about race in America before eventually separating himself from Rev. Wright altogether.
Under Rev. Wright’s leadership, the membership of Trinity United Church grew from 87 members in 1972 to over 8,000 members. Dr. Wright has lectured at seminaries and universities across the United States and the world and is recognized as a leading theologian and pastor. He is an author, a student of Black Sacred Music, ethnomusicology and African Diaspora studies, and an historian of religions
The Right Reverend Dr. Preston W. Williams, a community champion for human rights, is being honored by the Atlanta Branch (NAACP), for his life of service. Dr. Preston W. Williams serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Morris Brown College and he is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Turner Theological Seminary.
This year’s celebration is co-chaired by Dr. Marie Robinson-Metze, Atlanta Branch NAACP 1st Vice President; Rev. Dr. Michael D. Stinson, Senior Pastor, Bethel United Methodist Church, and The Honorable William “Bill” Campbell, former Mayor of the city of Atlanta.
For further information, please contact the NAACP local office at 404-525-0580.