Grant AME Honors Moms of Murdered Youth in Long Beach
Grant African Methodist Episcopal Church, located at 1129 Alamitos Avenue in Long
Beach pastored by Rev. Michael W. Eagle, Sr., invites the public to join in commemorating
the 12th anniversary observance honoring Mothers of Murdered Youth and Children in two
special programs taking place Sunday, May 5, at the church. The purpose for this
observance is to highlight lives taken too soon, and to call for an end to the violence
that has affected these families and the community at large. Community activists, public
officials, entertainers, and other celebrities are expected to participate.
At the 10:45 A. M. worship service, the guest speaker will be Rt. Rev. Clement W. Fugh,
Presiding Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s 5th Episcopal District. Bishop
Fugh, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, is an alumnus of the University of Memphis (Bachelor’s
degree in Economics and Finance), Boston University School of Theology (Master of Theology)
and United Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry). He was consecrated Bishop in 2012 and
assigned to oversee the A. M. E. Church’s 14th Episcopal District, comprised of seven countries
in West Africa. In 2016, he was assigned his present duties presiding over the 5th Episcopal
District, covering 15 states between the Mississippi River and the Pacific Ocean. At the
10:45 A. M. service, gifts will be distributed to the affected mothers.
At 3:00 P. M., a commemorative and symbolic five-block march will take place in
honor of the victims and their surviving families. Following the march, a program will be held in
the church sanctuary featuring performances by The Sweet Singing Cava-leers, the California
State University Long Beach Chorale, and other invited guests.
Pastor Eagle emphasizes that these mothers and their deceased children are
not to be ignored or forgotten. Participants in the events are encouraged to wear the color
brown as a sign of solidarity with the victims. For further information contact Pastor Eagle or
Grant A. M. E. Church.