BCCM is committed to promoting policies that reduce and mitigate the consequences of the uneven and inequitable distribution of material resources and wealth. It is a member-driven collaborative where membership is open to the Black Clergy and their congregations who have a genuine interest in reducing poverty in Memphis, Tennessee.
BCCM is governed by the organization's Executive Committee and staff who use a cooperative governance model that is highly democratic where no member has higher standing or power on the committee than another.
To express the voice of the Black Church on issues of economic empowerment, civic engagement, and criminal justice reform
Who We Are
Religion has always served as a means of release and relief for African Americans. Enslaved African's established and relied heavily on their churches. The Black Church was usually a place of refuge both from the toil of everyday life and on the road to freedom. Many Black churches discreetly served as stops on the Underground Railroad. In African American history, "the church" established itself as the most significant source for Black religious enrichment and activities that have no religious or spiritual basis.
Organized politically and spiritually, Black churches were responsible for spreading the Gospel, but they were also relied upon to address the issues that affected their members. Black churches consistently advocated for and exposed its members to social, political, and economic opportunities. Black preachers have been both religious and community leaders as they spoke about Christianity while speaking up for African Americans' rights. However, the more involved Black Churches became in fighting racial intolerance and violence targeted against their members, the more the churches and their members were punished.
In the twenty-first century, the Black Church remains vital to African American religious life; however, some black churches have not remained as involved in its members' social, political and economic life. The Black Clergy Collaborative of Memphis was organized to lead the Black Church's resurgence as advocates for social justice.