Faith and Civil Rights Leaders Announce Support for Jim Barksdale

October 24, 2016 - Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Jim Barksdale, is honored to announce the endorsement of faith and civil rights leaders who advocate for Georgians. As shepherds in the movement in the fight for social justice, they understand that individuals must stand up to make their voices heard if all Georgians are to be represented in Washington. They understand a need for new voices in the political process who bring a fresh perspective and a vision that has been lacking in Georgia.

“I believe we have a collective responsibility to make our communities better places to live and work,” said Jim Barksdale. “I am honored to be endorsed by iconic leaders who have dedicated their lives to doing just that. I pledge to continue to work with these leaders and the people of Georgia and make sure that Washington hears the voices of the people rather than the special interests.”

“This election season presents the American people with a moral decision, not just at the Presidential level, but all the way up and down the ballot,” said Rev. Thurmond Tillman. “I find Jim Barksdale to be a sincere and compassionate man that would represent all Georgians well in and out of Washington DC.”

  • Ambassador Andrew Young, Chair, Andrew J. Young Foundation; former Mayor of Atlanta, US Congressman, and US Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., Founder and President, Rainbow PUSH Coalition
  • Dr. John W. Boyd, President and Founder, National Black Farmers’ Association
  • Helen Butler, Civil Rights Activist
  • Rev. Adrian Chester, Lead Servant, Greater Beallwood Baptist Church, Columbus
  • Rev. Tamarkus Cook, Senior Pastor, Saint Smyrna Baptist Church, Newnan
  • Ed Dubose, National Board Member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • Rev. Dr. Johnny Flakes III, Senior Pastor, Fourth Street Missionary Baptist, Columbus
  • Rev. Dr. William Flippin, Sr., Senior Pastor, The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church, Atlanta
  • Mary-Pat Hector, National Youth Director of National Action Network, Leadership and Civic Engagement Director of Spelman College SGA
  • Rev. Dr. Ralph Huling, President, Interdenominational Minister Alliance, Columbus
  • Francys Johnson, State President, Georgia NAACP
  • Rev. Dr. W.J. Lawson, Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Baptist Church, Atlanta
  • Dr. Antonio Mansogo, Pastor, Iglesia Pentecostal Central de Atlanta
  • Rev. Dr. James Perkins, President, Progressive National Baptist Convention
  • Rev. Thurmond Tillman, Reverend, First African Baptist Church, Savannah
  • Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, Senior Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta
  • Rev. Reginald W. Williams, Jr., Senior Pastor, South Columbus United Methodist Church, Columbus



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