On Tuesday, May 25th, George Flyod was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota by on one officer kneeling on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds - with three additional officers standing by - as he exclaimed that “he could not breathe”.
This type of disregard for Black life is not an unfamiliar headline. In the wake
of his death, we the Cochran Ave Baptist Church activated the neighborhood and began working with community leaders towards new ways to tackle police brutality and pave sustainable paths towards reforming institutions built on racism. We hope this movement will build community, spark conversation, uphold accountability to our elected leaders and educate those inside and out of our community.
1. To honor ALL who have lost their lives to systemic racism toward Black and brown people in the United States of America.
2. To affirm that Black and brown people have a divine right:
- To live in peace
- To live in their community, city, state, and country without fear of
harm or death from policing authorities
- To judicial fairness and EQUAL protection under the law
- To expect quality care and implementation of the laws of this land
3. To have conversation with civic leaders
- It is time for protests and politics to intersect. We would
like to see police chiefs, district attorneys, judges, city council
members, mayors, governors, state legislatures to take their seat
at the table and prepare an executable action plan to combat
racism and implement humane and equitable practices for all
people. It is time to hold meaningful conversations that will result
in permanent systemic change for racial equity.
4. We want to spread the word for those who live in our community to
understand the role they play in this situation. We want our community
members to be informed, use their voice, remain engaged and be
prepared to vote!
Pastor Charles Johnson was born in Huntsville, Texas. In 1967, along with his mother and five siblings, he relocated to Los Angeles, California. The Family united with Mount Zion Missionary Baptist church under Dr. Edward Victor Hill, Senior Pastor. Dr. Hill would be a profound influence on Pastor Johnson's ministerial growth.
Pastor Johnson served as the President of the California State Baptist Youth Convention USA Inc. Pastor Johnson's educational background includes a BA from the University of Southern California and Masters Degree from The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate Degree in Organizational Leadership and Administration.
In 1991, he married his wife, Virna L. Johnson. Her passion, zeal and creativity for God is a tremendous asset to the body of Christ at large. They have been married for over 25 years and God has given then seven beautiful and uniquely gifted children.
In 1993, Pastor Johnson returned back to Los Angeles and issued another call on his life, the call to plant churches. After successfully serving four years at the New Christ Memorial Church under Senior Pastor Andre Crouch, he started planting churches from North America to Africa under the banner of The Cities of Refuge Christian Fellowship Churches and Ministries International, where he has been serving as the presiding Bishop for over 20 years.
Pastor Charles Johnson Ministries seeks to reach into every area of the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ to help those lost souls who need the truth of Jesus Christ to provide hope and JOY in a hurting world. He boldly teaches the Word of God with profound passion that opens the eyes and ears of those truly striving to know Jesus Christ as their Savior.
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