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Fresno Black organizations and leaders stand against racism at Juneteenth press conference, watch it

Leaders and organizations speak out against racism and the recent local and national police brutality incidents against African Americans

By ONME Newswire

On Friday morning, June 19, Black organizations from throughout Fresno, CA came to the Fresno EOC Local Conversation Corps located at the Reverend Swillis Neighborhood Youth Center, on 1805 E. California Ave., in Fresno, CA to educate the public, especially on the Juneteenth holiday. The ONME Network and CMAC,simulcast the live press conference online and on TV.

Rising Star Baptist Church Pastor B.T. Lewis felt it was necessary to educate the Central Valley community about the longtime works and efforts of these organizations continually on the battle grounds to fight racism and discrimination against African Americans.

“These are the leaders of organizations and movements in our city that labor daily against the racism and prejudice deeply rooted in the fabric and consciousness of people in our community and the systems, institutions, and policies that govern us,” said Lewis. "Our mayor, our mayor-elect, and others in leadership in our city and in our county can a-test to the fact that these leaders set the tone for effecting change and community response to a consistent trend of injustice and inequity in the legacy systems, institutions, and policies that govern day to day life as an African American in Fresno."

Each leader spoke for 45 seconds to present their name, the name of their organization, their statement against racism, and their vision and their organization’s vision for building a community of righteousness, justice, equality, and a better quality of life for African Americans in our community.

African American Leaders / Organizations will include:

Action of Change - Michae Lynn Lewis

African American Clergy Task Force – Pastor B. T. Lewis II

African American Caucus for the Democratic Party – Daren Miller

African American Museum - Board Member Barigye McCoy

BAPAC – Christopher Washington

Black Nurses Association – Dr. Carol Drake

Fresno Black Wall Street - Adrian Harris

BLOC (Black Leaders Organizing Change) - Viva Straughter

BWOPA – Cynthia Sterling

The California Advocate – Mark Kimber

Concerned Citizens of West Fresno- Mary Curry

The Dawn Proposal - Dr. Venise Curry

Fresno EOC Conservation Corps – Shawn Riggins

Fresno Metro Black Chamber – Tara Lynn Gray

Fresno Street Saints – Pastor Brian King

Golden Westside Planning Committee- Debbie Darden

Heat - Diane Smith

Fresno NAACP - Leroy Candler

National Action Network – Dr. Floyd Harris

The ONME Network – Julia Dudley, Lenice Najieb

St. Rest Community Development Corp. – Pastor DJ Criner

Take A Stand - Janice Sumler

United Black Men – Ron Hill

West Fresno Democratic Club - Mikki Addison

West Fresno Faith Based Organization – Pastor Bruce McAlister

West Fresno Family Resource Center - Yolanda Randles

Westside CDC – Pastor Paul Binion

Fresno Unified School Board President Keisha Thomas

FUSD African American Academic Acceleration Program Director, Wendy McCulley

Dottie Smith, Fresno County Democratic Party Central Committee Representative

Trustee Eric Payne, State Center Community College District

Trustee Kimberly Tapscott-Munson, Fresno County Board of Education

Retired Police Sargent – Robert Mitchell

The ONME Network is rebroadcasting last weekends 2020 Virtual Juneteenth Jazz and Blues event on Saturday from 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM and a part 3 Juneteenth broadcast Sunday, June 21 from 12:00 PM -4:00 PM.


SATURDAY, JUNE 20 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

SUNDAY, JUNE 21 12:00 PM -4:00 PM



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