FAITH, POLITICS & ACTIVISM IN BALTIMORE

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Pleasant Hope Baptist Church

430 East Belvedere Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21212

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Join us in conversation with Rev. Dr. Kwame Abayomi, pastor, activist and first clergyperson to serve in the Baltimore City Council.

Dr. Abayomi is the great-grandson of former slaves, and a native of Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Fairmont Heights HS, the University of the District of Columbia, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Howard University Divinity School--where he received his Doctor of Ministry Degree in 1989.


He has pastored churches in Virginia and Maryland, and was the Senior Minister at Unity United Methodist Church for 18 years, until his retirement in 2006. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at United Theological Seminary, in Dayton, OH, and Sojourner-Douglass College, in Baltimore, MD.


Dr. Abayomi is the founder and CEO of several non-profit, community-based organizations, including UMOJA Housing Corporation, which successfully constructed an $11.2-million dollar, low-income apartment complex; UMOJA Head Start Academy, currently is the 3rd largest in Baltimore; and Wholistic Counseling Inc, a drug and alcohol treatment program. He has also served as President of the Black United Methodist Preachers (BUMP) for all African/American churches from Maryland to Maine, and as Vice-President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA) of Baltimore.


He has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards. He was awarded a Crusade, a Maryland State Senatorial, and a PEW Foundation Scholarship while matriculating in undergraduate and graduate schools. He was honored as "Best of Baltimore"; and as "Maryland's Most Beautiful Person"; and the Baltimore Urban League awarded him the prestigious Whitney Young, Jr. Award for Community Service.

In March, 1995 he became the 1st clergy to serve on the City Council of Baltimore, which he did for 9 years. While a member of the city council, Dr Abayomi enacted landmark legislation, including laws to regulate Bounty Hunters in Maryland, and to extend Voting Rights to Ex-Offenders in Baltimore for the 1st time since Reconstruction. He retired from elected office in 2004.

Dr. Abayomi has travelled extensively throughout Africa and the Caribbean, and in 2008, travelled to Palestine on a fact-finding trip. He is currently working with School of the America/WHINSEC's Watch, an organization dedicated to closing this facility which trains its graduates in the torture of other human beings. He has 1 son, Norman (Tony) Jr.

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