Pastor Kelvin Sauls
                               Holman UMC Pastor Kelvin Sauls

In light of the myriad of issues affecting African Americans across the nation, Holman United Methodist Church will host a public viewing of the U.S. presidential debate on Sept. 26, followed by a panel discussion featuring L.A. community leaders.

The event, “What’s at Stake for our Communities,” begins at 5:30 p.m., in the church’s edifice located at 3320 West Adams Blvd., in Los Angeles, said Holman Pastor Kelvin Sauls.

Margaret Prescod of KPFK radio’s Sojourner Truth show will serve as moderator. The panelists include Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers; Kokayi Kwa Jitahidi, L.A. County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO; Sydney Kamlager, Los Angeles Community College Board trustee; and Alberto Retana, CEO of the Community Coalition. A question and answer session will also be held.

“The importance of the 2016 presidential election between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump cannot be overstated for the nation and especially for communities of color and poverty,” insisted Sauls.

“Two more police shootings of black men this week in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Charlotte, North Carolina spotlight the challenges, as does the ongoing conflict over immigration. Despite good economic news for some, Los Angeles continues to be the poorest big city in America.”

Holman United Methodist Church, a predominantly African- American congregation in West Adams Historic District, has been a leading voice for social justice since its founding in 1945. For more information about event, call the church at (323) 731-7285.