Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts and some of the City of Detroit’s most prominent and influential pastors and bishops held a news conference to announce an attendance initiative and brand new “DPS School Readiness Sunday” to be held two days before the First Day of Teaching and Learning for the 2011-12 school year, at churches across Detroit. The pastors, along with others from dozens of city churches and congregations, committed to speaking about the value of attendance to their congregations during services on Sunday.
In attendance were: Pastor Larry Bell, President , AME Ministerial Alliance of Detroit and Vicinity; Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, Pastor, Fellowship Chapel and President, Detroit Branch NAACP; Rev. Dr. James Perkins, Pastor of Greater Christ Baptist Church, First Vice President of Progressive National Baptist Convention; Rev. Zachary Hicks, Pastor of Faith Clinic, representative of Bishop P.A. Brooks, 1st Assistant Presiding Bishop, COGIC ; Bishop Edgar Vann, Second Ebenezer, Kingdom Alliance; Rev. Dr. Michael Owens, President, Council of Baptist Pastors, Bethel Baptist Church East; Rev. Dr. Oscar King III, pastor of Northwest Unity Church and Immediate Past President of the Council of Baptist Pastors; Rev. Christian Adams, presiding pastor, Hartford Memorial Baptist Church; Rev. Gregory Roberts, Director of the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships; Rev. V. Lonnie Peek, co-chair of the community public relations committee of the Baptist Council. Also supporting the initiative is Bishop Charles Ellis, Presiding Bishop, Pentecostal Assembles of the World and other pastors from throughout the city.