Brown hosts Newsom on eve of recall

Dr. Amos C. Brown, senior pastor of the oldest Black Baptist church west of the Mississippi, hosts Gov. Gavin Newsom of California Saturday at 1 p.m. in an online conversation with clergy leaders across the state.

Brown, one of eight students taught by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Morehouse and a high school protege of Medgar Evers, leads Third Baptist Church, one of three San Francisco churches founded in 1852 as outposts of the Underground Railroad which are still vibrant today. He opened the 18th annual National Black Business Month on Aug. 1, the anniversary of the church’s founding, with photographer Chester Higgins.

On Tuesday, Sept. 14, Newsom, former mayor of San Francisco, faces a recall election. Brown notes that African-American school children are particularly benefiting from the largest investments in history to public education after decades of declining funding and that Newsom has been a strong supporter of Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.

A heavy Black turnout, in an election in which all 22 million registered voters have received ballots by mail, can set the tone for increased voter participation across the nation during 2021 and 2022. November elections in Virginia and New Jersey have African-American statewide incumbents on the ballot.