Baltimore Pastor Jamal-Harrison Bryant, former NAACP Youth and College director and civil rights advocate, will lead a May 1 panel discussion on racial division in 21st Century America.

The panel, “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday in America! – A Nation Divided Against Itself…” is being sponsored by the D.C.-based Capital Press Club (CPC). It will be held Thursday, May 1 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the African-American Civil War Museum, 1925 Vermont Avenue NW.

“The deafening silence on some of the greatest atrocities facing Black America has set off a level of urgency that can not be ignored,” said CPC President Hazel Trice Edney. “Economic recovery, quality education and criminal justice remains elusive in much of our communities; not to mention the unfinished criminal justice agenda on the issue of Trayvon Martin and other African-American children. It’s time to sound the alarm.”

Bryant is pastor of the Empowerment Temple in Baltimore and founder of the Empowerment Movement, which has been actively involved in the campaign against “stand your ground” laws and other volatile issues. He will be joined by a panel of leading civil rights leaders who will dialog with the audience for the purpose of setting an action agenda. Doors will open at 6 pm. The forum is to begin at 6:30 with a reception to follow. For more information, please call 202-291-9310 or email