Prominent Detroit Pastors to Converge for Leadership Breakfast Forum

A “Jobs and Education” prayer breakfast forum is set for July 14 at Greater Grace Temple, 23500 W. Seven Mile Rd., from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. featuring education advocate Sherry Gay-Dagnogo as keynote speaker.

Dagnogo, who is also a candidate for state representative in the 8th District, will call for a unified vision among all religious denominations to advance a positive and impactful agenda for Detroit at the breakfast forum co-chaired by Charles H. Ellis III, Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams, Bishop Edgar Vann and Dr. Spencer T. Ellis.

Also speaking at the forum will be talk show host Rev. Angelo B. Henderson, who will serve as master of ceremonies; Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, pastor of Greater Grace Temple; Pastor Spencer T. Ellis, of Citadel of Praise; Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams, pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church. Minister Dawud Muhammad has been invited.

“We’re at a critical time in the city of Detroit and change demands electing leaders who are God-led, community-focused and people-driven,” Gay-Dagnogo said. “I know the changes needed to make our schools and communities safe and viable again can only be done by the power of God and with leaders who listen and respond in a comprehensive way to the needs of the residents.”

Bishop Ellis said, “The state of Michigan needs representatives who are not afraid to tackle the myriad of challenges facing the city of Detroit with the ultimate weapon of warfare, and that is the power of God. We must unite, as one, under our Creator to turn Detroit around. I applaud Sherry Gay-Dagnogo for recognizing this fundamental fact and doing something about it.”

 Citadel’s Rev. Ellis commended Gay-Dagnogo for engaging residents because “a voteless people is a hopeless people. We must invest in ourselves.” Hartford’s Dr. Adams says there is a need for candidates who are focusing on education, a cornerstone of Gay-Dagnogo’s vision. “There’s no work for the untrained or uneducated. Every child deserves to be educated. We need people in Lansing who will fight for public education because public education is for everyone,” Adams said.

Gay-Dagnogo formed a coalition of residential volunteers, community activists, civic leaders, elected national, state and local officials and the faith-based community in a campaign to raise awareness and encourage support of Metro Foodland, the only African-American owned grocery store in Michigan.

“Tailgate 27,” as it was called, drew supporters from throughout Detroit who pledged to visit Metro Foodland 27 times a year, spend $27 each time and ask 27 other people to do the same.

Gay-Dagnogo’s most recent education initiative, “Dismantled by Design,” held in June at the MSU-Detroit Center, united community stakeholders in an effort to build a coalition to defend public education.

Contact Tamika Gaines at (313) 643-5323 for additional information on the the Jobs & Education prayer breakfast forum.



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