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Bishop Charles Blake teams with NBA legend to bless
inner-city men who lack opportunities
Article By TRY Williams  //  Ministry News
Posted March 21, 2017
Bishop Charles Blake is pastor of West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles (Photo Credit: GETTY)
Bishop Charles Blake and West Angeles Church of God in Christ hosted a men's-only
empowerment event to announce its partnership with NBA legend and business tycoon, Erving
"Magic Johnson" to offer free advancement services to men in the Los Angeles community.

The event dubbed, "Super Saturday" saw over 500 men pack into West Angeles Church of God in
Christ's North Campus in Los Angeles, California, to learn of the services being offered in the new

Bishop Blake said, "Super Saturday was birthed out of a deep concern about lack of opportunities
available to men in our inner-cities. We suffer from poor academic achievement, financial
disenfranchisement, high unemployment, soaring crime levels, and the breakdown of the family unit
that plagues our cities, urban and rural communities."

Keynote speakers were: Magic Johnson, Bishop Charles Blake and Actor, Romell Witherspoon.

Johnson shared a very personal testimony reflecting on his humble beginnings, life trials and
business setbacks. He expressed his desire to offer opportunities, specifically to men from the inner-
city, to advance in business. The men were glued to a passionate and animated Johnson as he
moved them to applause and cheers.

Blake, the senior pastor of the 25,000 member West Angeles Church of God in Christ (COGIC) and
Presiding Bishop of Church of God in Christ International with over 7 million members worldwide,
spoke to the men about the importance of an upright character, temperance, motivation and
determination. He shared how the use of the services offered could change the course of their lives.

The event proved to be a call for action for men be to exemplary fathers, husbands, community
leaders and role models. Many men spoke of their struggles in advancing their lives' plans and
frustrations with the inequality of opportunities. The attendees participated in a question and
answer period. Many questions sought advice for success, and others desired further clarification
of the 5 Point Advancement Program.

The 5 Point Advancement Program includes:

  •    ​Education (Access, Excellence and Equity)

  •    Economic Development (Job Training and Job Creation)

  •    Crime Prevention (Reduction, Prevention and Rehabilitation)

  •    Family Life (Developing Healthy Men, Women and Children)

  •    Financial Literacy (Earning, Saving, Investing, and Spending Wisely)

For more information of the Free Advancement Services contact West Angeles Church of God in
Christ or call (323) 733-8300.
Copyright © 2017-2020 Empowering Everyday Women Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.
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