Move Is On to Get Black Males to Church

Lauren R. Harrison, Chicago Tribune, December 19, 2008

The answer to stemming the rising violence by and against young black males could be in getting back to basics, a local community activist said.

Phillip Jackson, director of the Black Star Project, was joined by several Chicago pastors Thursday who believe that the basics can be found in church, long the cornerstone of social change in the black community. They called on religious institutions to invite black males, ages 2 to 32, to worship services next week.

The initiative, dubbed “Take A Black Boy to Church,” focuses on getting black boys and men off the streets and into church.

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About 22 churches across the nation are scheduled to participate. Several Chicago churches are holding special youth services Sunday.

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