North Carolina Baptist Pastor Kenneth Cooper Urges More Christians to Support Grassroots Movements that Promote Social Justice

pastor Kenneth Cooper

Baptists will continue to be right in the heart of North Carolina’s Moral Mondays protests, which will be revived with a march in Raleigh on Saturday, Feb. 8.

One pastor said it’s the duty of Christians to agitate for change on the local level and of Baptists in particular to participate in civil rights struggles.

“I think grassroots movements are the only thing that will make a difference or bring about a change in legislation,” said Kenneth Cooper, senior pastor at Christian Faith Baptist Church near downtown Raleigh.

The Moral Mondays movement erupted last year in response to Republican efforts to drastically cut spending on public education, unemployment benefits, pre-K programs, Medicaid coverage and other programs.

Thousands descended on the state Capitol, and close to 1,000 were arrested.

It will all begin again Saturday with what the movement’s minister leader and state NAACP President William Barber calls the Moral March.

Thousands are expected to attend, and among them will be Cooper and members of his congregation.

“I have encouraged my parishioners to make sure that they participate in the march,” he said.

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SOURCE: Associated Baptist Press
Jeff Brumley