Not Endorsing Evans
Since becoming the Pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church this past May, I have read your publication with great interest. It is one of the better local publications I have encountered. It was with even greater interest that I read last weeks' story on Page 2. "Battle for NAACP Leadership Looms." Of greatest interest was the statement that Barrielevia Evans' Sayahword Ministries is "housed in the Mount Carmel Baptist Church on Beach 71st Street." While Rev. Evans is indeed a member of Mount Carmel, his ministry is not affiliated with our church. Evans and I have had surface discussion concerning this being a possibility, but as of now, his ministry is just that: his ministry. I bring this to the attention of you and your readers because I want it to be clear that while we wish Rev. Evans well in his attempt to lead the Far Rockaway Branch of the NAACP, we offer him no endorsement in that endeavor. Many of our parishioners are members of the NAACP and I would no sooner endorse Evans in his quest for the presidency then I would endorse a political candidate from the pulpit. It is something we simply do not do at the Mount Carmel Baptist Church. We are however, great supporters and admirers of the NAACP and its' mission to achieve equality and justice for people of color across this great nation.
To that end, we are even hosting a drive for winter coat donations at our church in just a few days (October 18th) which is co-sponsored by the NAACP Youth Council and of course, the current president, Dr. Ed Williams. We wish both Rev. Evans and Dr. Williams all the best in their endeavors to lead the Far Rockaway NAACP.
REV. DARREN A. FERGUSON