National Action Network Social Justice Sunday

By W. Franklyn Richardson, NAN |  February 19, 2016

February 12, 2016

Dear Pastor:

I write you as we span the bridge between the dates that mark Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's birth and death, and as we initiate the marking of the National Action Network's (NAN) silver anniversary: twenty-five years of giving voice to the voiceless.  We, at the NAN view our efforts as an extension of the social justice ministry of the Black Church, a ministry grounded in the legacy of Dr. King.  Unfortunately, many of the injustices we suffered in 1968 remain today.  In 2016, we enter an election year with much ground to gain...or much ground to lose.  Therefore, we the leaders of the Black Church community must remain vigilant and continue to stand on the vanguard of social justice and equality for all. 

The National Action Network seeks to be the national social justice partner of local churches across this country and around the globe.  This year, we seek to expand the partnership between NAN and local churches, starting with "Justice Sunday."  "Justice Sunday" will occur during the month of March, leading up to NAN's national convention and the observance of Dr. King's assassination. We are, once again, partnering with pastors and churches across America; asking you to choose a Sunday in the month of March that you will hold this observance. As part of this observance, we would ask that you: 1) deliver a social justice sermon; 2)recite a social justice litany; and 3) collect a special social justice offering.  As we have done in the past, we will supply you with a series of tools that will assist you in these efforts: scriptures, litanies and offering envelopes.

As part of this partnership, we will acknowledge you and your church as faith partners on the NAN website and inside the convention materials.  Additionally, we will pay tribute to you at our annual William Augustus Jones Ministers' Luncheon on Friday of the convention. 

This effort will raise the visibility of the Black Church and the consciousness of our members. It will give participants direct opportunity to support the work of social justice and make our work less dependent on corporate support.  Please use this link Social Justice Response Form to confirm your partnership before March 1, 2016. You may also choose to download the form by clicking here and fax it back to Chairman Richardson at (914) 664-2833 or scan the form and email it to

We thank you in advance for your partnership and support. 

Yours in service, 

W. Franklyn Richardson