Our Affiliations

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Salem Gilfield is a member of The Progressive National Baptist Convention, Incorporated (PNBC).

It was formed in 1961 after civil-rights-oriented Baptist ministers, led by Martin Luther King, Jr. proposed a change of tenure of office and leadership, which was shared by a cross-section of Baptists at that time.

The convention was originally formed as the “Progressive Baptist  Convention” and word “National” was added to the name in 1962. The  Convention has grown from the original founding numbers to member congregations throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, and  Africa.

PNBC has followed a path of political activism,  supporting groups such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and methods such as affirmative action. Famous civil rights leaders who were members of the PNBC include Martin Luther  King, Benjamin Mays, Ralph David Abernathy, Wyatt Tee Walker, and  Gardner C. Taylor. The Convention bills the progressive concept as  “fellowship, progress, and peace.”.

Sessions of the Convention are held annually in August and recently celebrated their 50th Annual Session in Washington, DC in August 2011. Headquarters  are in Washington, D.C

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Progressive National Baptist Convention, INC.

www.pnbc.org

CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCACY

The excerpt below is from an Article on the PNBC Website
(www.pnbc.org)

New generations of Progressive Baptists are continuing the struggle for full voter registration, education, and participation, affirmative action against all forms of racism and bigotry, Black economic empowerment and development, equal educational opportunity, freedom of religion by the restraint of all Governmental authority and dictation in matters of faith, conscience and the church, the abolition of South African apartheid and the realization of universal human rights and total human liberation. At all annual and adjourned sessions there is scheduled a huge and impressive civil rights celebration, featuring a National civil rights leader to inform the constituents of the Convention of current issues and challenges, inspire them to continue and increase their participation in the struggle and garner fresh human and financial resources to advance the cause of full and total human rights.

 

 

The Memphis Baptist Congress of Christian Education

The Memphis Baptist Congress of Christian Education was organized in 1936 at  the First Baptist Church of St. Paul Avenue, pastored by Dr. T. O.  Fuller (Now First Baptist Church – Lauderdale.  Former pastors of Salem  were present and supported the organization: Rev. W. L. Varnado and Rev. A. L. McCargo.  The election of the first officers was held at Salem Baptist Church (Salem Gilfield Baptist Church).   Members of Salem who were present and elected to an office: Mrs. M. E. Fisher and Professor J. L Buckner.

Annetta A. Hamilton, our  150th Church Anniversary Chairperson, and life long member of Salem  Gilfield was the first female to be elected to a Presidential position  in the 75 year history of the Congress.

79 years later, the  Congress continues to be “A Mighty Force of Christian Education” in the  Memphis Community. “  Salem Gilfield remains active in this organization.

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The Memphis Baptist Congress of Christian Education

The Memphis Baptist Congress of Christian Education was organized in 1936 at  the First Baptist Church of St. Paul Avenue, pastored by Dr. T. O.  Fuller (Now First Baptist Church – Lauderdale.  Former pastors of Salem  were present and supported the organization: Rev. W. L. Varnado and Rev. A. L. McCargo.  The election of the first officers was held at Salem Baptist Church (Salem Gilfield Baptist Church).   Members of Salem who were present and elected to an office: Mrs. M. E. Fisher and Professor J. L Buckner.

Annetta A. Hamilton, our  150th Church Anniversary Chairperson, and life long member of Salem  Gilfield was the first female to be elected to a Presidential position  in the 75 year history of the Congress.

84 years later, the  Congress continues to be “A Mighty Force of Christian Education” in the  Memphis Community. “  Salem Gilfield remains active in this organization.

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