Rapid Response Conference Call: Current Attacks and Burning of Black Churches

Rapid Response Conference Call
Current Attacks and Burning of Black Churches
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

8am PT/ 9am MT/ 10am CT/ 11am ET
Hosted by NFG's Grantmakers for Southern Progress

In the immediate aftermath of the racist murders of nine Black members of the Emanuel AME in South Carolina, nine Black churches were burned to the ground. Arson is suspected in several of these fires and many have drawn the reasonable conclusion that these were attacks not just against Black churches, but against Black institutional power that the church has historically represented in the Black community. There is a long history in the South of Black churches being attacked by racial hate groups often in response to the growth and success of civil rights, black organizing and/or organized black resistance efforts. In recent months we have seen an increase in Black-led organizing across the nation in response to police brutality, criminal justice reform, the removal of the confederate flag in Southern public spaces and various intersectional social justice issues. Is there a connection to the current Black Lives Matter organizing work and recent church burnings? If so, how should funders and social justice allies best respond?

The overall purpose of the call is hear directly from leaders that have been directly impacted by the church burnings and/or working around this specific issue. The call will provide an opportunity for funders to hear from Southern social justice leaders, religious leaders and allies about the current political climate in the region and what is currently happening on the ground to address the church burnings.

Participants on the call will leave with:

  • A deeper understanding of what is currently happening around church burnings in the region;
  • A greater awareness about the historical relationship between attacks on Black churches and institutions and Black organizing;
  • A deeper understanding about the intersections of race, faith, and justice
  • Specific recommendations and/or actions for philanthropy and allies.


  • Rose Johnson-Mackey, Executive Director of the National Black Church Burning Response Project
  • Elder Alex Harris, House of A Living God Manchester, GA
  • Professor Timothy P. McCarthy, Adjunct Lecturer on Public Policy and Program Director of Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School

Bernie Mayzek, South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development, Moderator 

Co-sponsored by ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity, Proteus Fund and the Security & Rights Collaborative, and NFG's Funders for Justice.

Please note that this call is for funders only, and is not open to the media. 

Registration is now closed. If you are interested in learning more about the call, please write to us at nfg@nfg.org.

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