BISHOP E.W. JACKSON HONORS POLICE AT
MARTIN LUTHER KING BREAKFAST
While the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement accuses police of systematically killing black citizens, a nationally known minister is doubling down against what he called "this false narrative" by honoring first responders at his annual Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Breakfast. Bishop E.W. Jackson, Senior Pastor of the Called Church in Chesapeake, Virginia and President of the national organization Staying True to America's National Destiny (STAND) says, "To smear all police for the poor behavior of a few is no different than smearing all black people because some commit crimes. Our police officers are part of the fabric of our neighborhoods. They help keep us safe and should be among the first people we honor for service to our communities."
The Breakfast, which is sponsored by Jackson's church and supported by local businesses and national organizations, occurs each year the on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. This year's event takes place on
Monday, January 18 starting at 10:00 AM ET at the
Marriott Hotel in Chesapeake, a city that shares borders with Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia's largest city. Up to 500 attend the event, which includes local police, sheriffs and firefighters among the honorees. After 9-1-1, they began recognizing first responders. The bishop says, "Never again will we wait for a terrible tragedy to remember the heroism of our police and firefighters. Many of them gave their lives for the rest of us on that fateful day, and continue to put their lives on the line for us every day."
Business people, educators, ministers and youth are also honored at the Breakfast. This year two high school students will be honored and awarded scholarships.
"Last year - 2015 - was a time of accusations of police racism and even murders of police," says the Bishop. No matter how hard the winds of division blow, we will be a force for unity and the vision of 'one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and Justice for all.' That is what the MLK Leadership Breakfast represents. We are proud of it, and it will never change."