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Occupy D.C. expands to black churches

Protesters from the Occupy movement march through the streets of the national's capital, tying up the famed K Street lobbyist corridor in Washington, December 7, 2011. (JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS)

As Occupy D.C. flourishes, more participants join the cause. Jamal Bryant and Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. will join the clergy in their efforts with the ‘Occupy the Dream’ project.

Bryant, known as the millenium minister, also worked for the NAACP and founded the Empowerment Temple Church in Baltimore. Chavis has a history working in the civil rights movement.

In the 1960s, Chavis was the NC State Youth Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference under the leadership of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He has been helping Russell Simmons in the Occupy Wall Street movement.


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The Occupy movement was started by white organizers and largely made up of whites. But some African Americans have lent their support. In late October, Talib Karim, a graduate of Howard Law School has inititated protests in the Howard community as part of Occupy D.C. and said African Americans are definitely part of the ‘99 percent.’

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