*WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today (11-18-16) on News One Now Host and Managing Editor Roland S. Martin spoke with Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. President Rev. Dr. James E. Perkins about the open letter sent to President-Elect Trump from black clergymen calling to rescind Steve Bannon’s appointment to White House Chief Strategist. During his conversation with Martin, Dr. Perkins said Bannon’s appointment is an insult to the African American community and hopes Trump will be “President of all Americans.”

“Unfortunately Mr. Martin, it says that birds of a feather flock together,” said Dr. Perkins. “As the American Clergy Leadership Conference, what we’re hoping is that Mr. Trump meant what he said when he said he was going to work to try to be the President of all Americans. If that is the case, then we believe as African Americans that to put an avowed white nationalist as his chief administrator and advisor is an insult to us as African Americans. And right out of the gate, in terms of his presidency, he is acknowledging that he is totally insensitive of our needs and of what we need as African Americans. And so our hope is that he will hear us and he will take Mr. Bannon down as his chief strategist.”

“White evangelicals, as they are pointed out to be, have decided to side with the person who is a philanderer, who is a casino mogul, and it flies in the face of all of the values that they espouse. So we believe that they are being ‘more white’ than Christians. So our point is that if Mr. Trump is serious about trying to unify us and not being divisive that he will take Mr. Bannon down as chief strategist.”

To watch Dr. Perkins talking about the absence of white clergymen in the rescindment of Bannon, please click HERE.

Also on NewsOne Now, Martin spoke with Myrlie Evers-Williams, wife of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, about the path black America must take following the election of President-Elect Trump.

“Action,” said Evers-Williams. “One word. Action – constructive action – and we must not sit and worry about what might happen. We have to take this attitude of becoming involved – all ages in our school, in our churches, in our homes, our communities. We have had warning signals coming to us for quite a while that we would have this type of America that we have today.  The question is – Are we willing to do whatever is necessary within the means of law and order to change things around? And we certainly saw with this most recent election that America has a challenge. I’m not sure it’s a challenge that we all want to deal with, but it is here. And for those veterans in the civil rights war, as I am, it’s one of those things of not casting blame at each other but finally coming together and saying this is real.”

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