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November 27, 2014

Response to Ferguson: Systemic Problems Require Systemic Solutions

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Decades of segregation and inequality in Ferguson, as well as most American metropolitan areas, have fostered a racial inequality exacerbated by the criminalization of not just poverty, but the criminalization of black and brown bodies. Too many whites are too willing to believe that a black body poses a threat.

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Legendary televangelist Dr. Frederick K.C. Price is ready to pass on the torch -- and keep it in the family at the same time.

The esteemed founder of the Crenshaw Christian Center (CCC) -- in the Los Angeles area -- is leaving his post as the head pastor of the 22,000-member megachurch and will install his son, Pastor Frederick Price, Jr., as his successor.

It will all be made official on March 15, the same day that the junior Pastor Price turns 30 years old.

"Fred will start his public ministry at the same age Jesus did. That is prophetic," said the elder Price, who will turn 77 this year during the church's 35th anniversary celebration.

"I will still be around as [the] apostle and working with the board of directors, but it's time for Pastor Price, Jr. to get into the driver's seat. I will still mentor him."


Price Jr. was ordained in February of 2003 and has been an advocate for youth activity in the church, creating a special Sunday service called Hip-Hop Sunday to attract younger churchgoers. One of the first churches to mesh hip-hop with faith, the service is now called The BluePrint.

Aside from helming that initiative, he would regularly minister on Sundays when his father was away on business trips.

"Becoming pastor of Crenshaw Christian Center is an honor of high esteem," he said. "To follow in the footsteps of my father, the apostle of faith, is a privilege and a challenge I look forward to taking on."

Dr. Price is one of the first black ministers to head a megachurch and an evangelical broadcast on television that reaches over 15 million households each week. He is also known for his candid teachings, such as his controversial Race, Religion and Racism series that took him three years to complete. The author of more than 50 books, he has mentored many highly recognized ministers influencing the church today.

"I will still uphold the same high standards of teaching and excellence my father brought to the pulpit," Price Jr. said.

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