As lead pastor of the Baltimore-based Empowerment Temple, Dr. Jamal Bryant (pictured) has used his command of the pulpit to keep a pulse on the social and cultural movements of African Americans. And Dr. Bryant’s passion hardly goes unnoticed.
NewsOne was on hand for Monday’s rally forTrayvon Martin in the town of Sanford, where Bryant and his Empowerment Movement galvanized the citizens in a call for justice. We spoke with Dr. Bryant briefly after the conclusion of the event as he scrambled to head back to his headquarters.
NewsOne: What was it about the Trayvon Martin case that made you get involved?
Pastor Jamal Bryant: I think the Trayvon Martin case reflects a local issue, a national issue, because it could have happened to anyone. In a city that’s primarily African American, [with] particularly Black boys that are in danger and threatened, I think it warranted national attention if not international. The pastors here [in Sanford] invited me here to organize and mobilize and I really felt that if in fact they needed me to come, that I needed to do so.