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*News headlines last month painted a dim picture of the life and future of Black youth in Washington, DC. “A deadly burst of bullets kills 3, leaving 6 wounded,” declared the biggest headline on the front page of a leading newspaper in bold letters. Hardly unique of DC. Other cities across the nation, too, share similar horror stories and headlines.

The three major Black Methodist denominations want to stop that carnage before the nation’s Black males become dinosaurs – extinct.

NNPA columnist George Curry reports that the American Methodist Episcopal (AME), African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AME Zion) and Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) emerged from a joint conference in North Carolina last month with a new plan to save the Black male youth.

They are establishing Saturday Academies in cities across the nation, including Washington, DC, as a way to stem the plight of young African-American youth. The aim of the churches is to slash what Marian Wright Edelman calls the “cradle to the prison pipeline.”

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