Whereas [Martin Luther] King’s goals were primarily about changing laws and influencing wider public opinion, these current goals are primarily about individual responsibility.
Unfortunately, that distinction seems to have been missed by the recently revived Conference of National Black Churches. Relaunched last month after a few dormant years, the CNBC comprises nine of the largest black denominations, made up of as many as 30 million individuals and more than 50,000 congregations. Led by the Rev. W. Franklyn Richardson, the conference says that it speaks with a “unified voice” on health, education, public policy, social justice and economic empowerment.