May 26th Leaders Gathering Follow-up

PNCC hosted our Monthly Leaders Gathering

This past Wednesday, May 26th from 9-10am Pastors for NC Children hosted our monthly Ministry Leaders and Advocates Gathering online. We are so grateful for everyone who joined us in this initiative.


Here is the Agenda from our Ministry Leaders Gathering on 5/26. Check out the links and resources and share these with your congregations and networks!
Here was our basic agenda:



We are meeting the 4th Wednesday of the month at 9am to connect clergy, faith leaders, advocates, and public education supporters across NC to build a network fo statewide leaders supporting Public Schools and NC's children. These are open meetings, so please feel free to invite friends and colleagues to join us as well! Our next meeting is Wednesday, June 23th at 9am. Register for the meeting and the agenda will be sent the week before. Be sure to subscribe to our Ministry Leaders Email List. Share our event on social media: 


Take 2 minutes to watch this video from our Every Child NC Partners about the needs of students in NC and share it with your networks. This is one of 8 new videos that were just released.

Jaileea's story is echoed across our state as students are stuck in opportunity gaps, and schools lack the funding and resources to fill in these gaps. Internships, clubs, extracurricular activities--these are things that enhance students' school experience, competitive advantage, and future ambitions. Our students deserve better.  As NC community members, we need NC to invest in all our children's future. PNCC is here to help connect the faith community to the systemic changes needed. PNCC is a founding partner in the the #LeadWithLeandro work that Every Child NC is working on. This Coalition is encouraging NC to enact the Leandro v. NC Court Case's West Ed Report recommendations. Not familiar with "Leandro"? Learn more here:



Connect Us With Your Network

Help us meet your colleagues and neighbors. Here's a possible script for you to use:
"Dear ___,
I want to introduce you to Pastors for NC Children. PNCC is a new ministry working to support public education in NC from a faith perspective. PNCC is mobilizing faith leaders and congregations to advocate for justice in our public schools. Director Rev. Suzanne Miller would like to set up a call with you to tell you more about our work.  She would like to share about opportunities to connect with their work and invite more faith leaders into it. Learn more at or @pastors4nckids on social media."

Please contact Director Rev. Suzanne Parker Miller at with connections or opportunities. Thank you!"


A Better Life For Their Children: 

This presentation from the National Center for Civil and Human Rights shared the history of the Rosenwald Schools from the early 1900s. It was a wonderful discussion about school history and how important education is to communities. Our friend Janeen Bryant from CREED NC joined in the panel discussion. 

"Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington forged one of the earliest collaborations between Jews and African Americans to create schools throughout the nation for black children who had no access to publicly funded education. From 1912 to 1937, the Rosenwald schools program built 4,978 schools for African American children across fifteen southern and border states. In what is the first comprehensive photographic account of the Rosenwald Schools program, Andrew Feiler drove more than 25,000 miles and photographed 105 schools in all fifteen of the program states. This exhibition, “A Better Life for Their Children”, will debut at The Center on May 22nd, 2021."


CREED ACADEMY:   CREED-NC is the Center for Racial Equity in Education in North Carolina. As their mission states, "CREED centers students of color, inspires institutional change, & facilitates better educational practice, so we can transform the education system in North Carolina." Their research reports are not to be missed. 

CREED announced they will be hosting CREED Academy 101 and 201 this summer for educators and community supporters. These classes will be held in July and August. "CREED Academy is an opportunity to develop local leadership and advocacy through web-based professional development experiences for all North Carolina public school stakeholders. CREED is committed to changing the trajectory for the more than one-million students in our public school education system. We understand the much-needed transformation required to create competence and confidence in our anti-racist approach to equity. These small group learning sessions are convened around specific topics related to building critical consciousness for educators and stakeholders." Learn more and sign up here.



October 9 Public Schools First NC Conference: Impact of Privatizing Public Schools 2021 Details:


Know of an event we are missing from our list? Send them to us at!


Dr. Noliwe Rooks has written Cutting School: The SEGRENOMICS of American Education, and it has a new forward by Diane Ravitch. Rooks will be the speaker at the Public Schools First NC Conference on October 9th, so now's a great chance to get her book and dive in over the summer. 
"In an era characterized by levels of school segregation the country has not seen since the mid-twentieth century, cultural critic and American studies professor Noliwe Rooks provides a trenchant analysis of our separate and unequal schools and argues that profiting from our nation’s failure to provide a high-quality education to all children has become a very big business." 

Hear the author interviewed here from April 2020:



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PNCC is a grateful recipient of a Z. Smith Reynold Foundation's Systemic Change Grant to support Public Education. 

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