The zip code you live in or the place where you were born could determine the outcomes in your life. 53206 is the Zip Code that I grew up in. 53206 has the highest rate of incarceration for African American men in America (up to 62%). It is a community in Milwaukee, WI; and Milwaukee is the headquarters for the National Black Fellowship office.
Dr. King last spoke in Milwaukee on August 14, 1957. Then, he said “segregation must die”. Sixty-two years later, Milwaukee is still one of America’s most segregated cities. In fact, the State of Wisconsin leads the nation in incarceration of black males (at 13%). Milwaukee was recently listed in several national polls as one of the worst places in America for blacks to live. Poverty, unemployment, under-education and other racial and social disparities plague the people of this city. But this city is not alone. This zip code is not alone. This could describe your community as well. The National Black Fellowship exists to be a movement of hope in these urban cities.
A core value of the NBF is Biblical social justice. According to Dr. King, “True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice”. The NBF is committed to a proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ with signs following. It is only just that every person locally, as well as globally, hear of the love and life of Jesus Christ. In addition, we realize that clean water, safe streets, good jobs, positive police/community relations, quality education, fair wages, judicial non-bias, equal access, healthy families, etc, are also justice issues.
On this day, January 21st, and every day, let’s all live the dream and continue the legacy in honor of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.