Conference of National Black Churches (CNBC) To Sponsor HBCUNY Classic as Morehouse Faces Off Against Albany State
As Fall Season Brings New Threats of COVID-19, Influenza, and Other Viruses, Black Church to Raise Awareness for Education and Wellness
New York, NY (September 8, 2023) – The Conference of National Black Churches (CNBC) will co-sponsor this year’s HBCUNY Classic on Saturday, September 16th at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Through community health partnerships, CNBC leadership will be onsite to provide vaccinations and health resources to attendees and will be airing air Public Service Announcements throughout the game on live broadcast and inside the stadium.
“The HBCU classic is an opportunity to celebrate the historic traditions, friendly rivalries, and deep pride in Black education,” said Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, Chairman of the Conference of National Black Churches (CNBC). “Next Saturday will be an opportunity to not only celebrate the positive impact of HBCUs, but also raise awareness of the health barriers, challenges, and threats still facing Black America. The summer surge of COVID-19 will no doubt be followed by a renewed threat this fall, in addition to Flu and RSV concerns, which is why it is imperative we have a presence to ensure that people remain vigilant against this virus and get vaccinated.”
CNBC has had a significant, ongoing role in making health and wellness accessible to Black Americans to their over 25 million members nationwide, particularly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Following a successful Community Health Fair at the historic 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington, this year’s HBCUNY Classic will be one of multiple stops in a national CNBC campaign to offer vaccinations, screenings, and additional health resources to those whose health continues to be neglected on a broad scale.
Following the Black Church’s long history of supporting the education of Black Americans, CNBC leaders have been strong proponents of HBCUs given their indispensable role in producing more than half of the country’s Black doctors, engineers and lawyers. Earlier this summer, CNBC Chairman and Virginia Union University alum, Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, wrote about the importance of this in an op-ed in The Grio, arguing that released broadband dollars should be funneled to HBCUs, which are overwhelmingly located within broadband deserts.
1 MetLife Stadium Dr.
East Rutherford, NJ 07073
Saturday, September 16th, 2023
About The Conference of National Black Churches:
The Conference of National Black Churches (CNBC) is the premiere public policy and social justice expression of the Black ecclesiastical denominations comprising CNBC in America. CNBC is comprised of the national leadership of the largest historically Black denominations in America: The African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (AMEZ), Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME), Church of God in Christ, Inc. (COGIC), National Baptist Convention of America USA, Inc (NBCUSA) and the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC); representing more than 80% of African American Christians across this nation with a combined membership of over 25 million people and 31,000 congregations.