The Black Church's Role in School Reform

Your Take: Today's pastors must learn from civil rights activists and lead from the pulpit.

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Overcoming obstacles that impede progress and maintain the status quo is not an easy task. But for our children, we urge leaders to keep the faith and fight the good fight. We invite faith leaders across the country to participate in this movement by advocating for legislation that implements the essential changes. In addition, we should utilize the Stand Up and StudentsFirst websites as resources for learning more about how to advocate for education reforms in our communities.

We must come together and stand tall for the children in our communities. Students in failing schools need change now -- it's too important to wait.

The Rev. Floyd Flake is the senior pastor at Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Jamaica, N.Y., and a former U.S. representative. Charles E. Blake Sr. is presiding bishop and pastor of West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles. Kevin Johnson is the mayor of Sacramento, Calif.

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