The King Solomon Baptist Church has taken on the challenge of educating our community about the adverse effects that social ills have on families. The inaugural event - Black Family Weekend - was held April 22 - 24, 2011.

The theme for that celebration was “Black Families: Made In The Image Of God” from Genesis 1:27. The celebration was specifically focused on a segment of the population that had been disproportionately affected by illegitimacy. That weekend’s events included a banquet at which former Vicksburg mayor Robert Walker encouraged all who attended to get involved. A parade was held Saturday morning, followed by an afternoon picnic. Two worship services were held on Sunday.

This year’s celebration has been broadened to include all families and the myriad of issues that they face. The current event – Family Empowerment Weekend - has as a theme “Restoring Healthy Families” (Ephesians 2:14).

This is a spirit-filled time to show support for all families with faith-centered activities ranging from workshops (Finances for the Family; The Role of the Children in Family; and God’s Perfect Design: Man and Woman), a banquet, parade, and picnic. The weekend’s activities will culminate with two worship services on Sunday.

These events have been widely publicized via newspaper, local television broadcasts, and on various radio stations. The goal has been to bring awareness of the issues that destroy family and to restore families to health. With the help of the community, we are able to continue spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ about Family across the city, county, and region.

It is our prayer that you will share with us the biblical vision of “Restoring Healthy Families.” It was God who said in Malachi 4:6a “And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers.”

  • "Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela
  • “Separate from government and not as a state program we need to ask our churches to commit themselves to the education of children in their congregations and their communities.” Gov. Haley Barbour
  • “Ninth grade is the critical year for making the decision to physically drop out, but the seeds were planted much earlier and nurtured by academic failure.” Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu, author - Reducing The Black Male Dropout Rate
  • “We can look at children from a very young age and based on a number of factors predict with alarming accuracy which ones will likely end up incarcerated.” Marian Wright Edelman, Children’s Defense Fund President
  • “1.2 million teens hit America’s streets every June unable to read or write. Detroit, Michigan epitomizes this country’s educational dilemma: 76 percent dropout/flunkout rate. Dozens of cities across the country suffer 50 to 60 percent dropout rates.” Brian Williams, NBC anchor
  • “The out-of-wedlock birth rate is an overwhelming catastrophe for taxpayers and society." Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation
  • “As supported by statistical data, children from fatherless homes are more likely to be poor; become involved in drug and alcohol abuse; drop out of school; suffer from health and emotional problems. Boys are more likely to become involved in crime, and girls are more likely to become pregnant as teens.”
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