Rev. MJ Watts Keynote Speaker at Fair Share Event

Share dessert and celebrate Fayette Fair Share members for their work and leadership in Fayette Fair Share and throughout the state to promote democracy, restore justice, and increase voter turnout. The Reverend Matthew J. Watts, senior pastor at Grace Bible Church in Charleston, is scheduled to give a presentation called “The Fierce Urgency of Now for Economic Justice in West Virginia.”

The event is at WV State Baptist Headquarters in Hill Top, West Virginia Monday, Dec. 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. If you can’t attend, the event will be live streamed on Facebook, on Rev. Matthew Watt’s page or WVSB page.

Watts will provide an overview of the challenges confronting Blacks and low income Caucasian in West Virginia as outlined in the federal government’s 2003 Select Committee on Minorities Affairs Report.

The report contains 23 findings of challenges confronting Blacks in West Virginia in the areas of education, employment and economic development, juvenile and adult criminal justice and health disparities. The report also contains specific recommendations to address these challenges. The West Virginia Legislature has not enacted any of these recommendations despite hundreds of million dollars in Covid pandemic federal funds and a $1.7 billion dollar state budget surplus. Gov. Jim Justice has refused to execute what legislation has been passed.

Watts points out the recent revelation by the federal government that the State of West Virginia has underfunded West Virginia State University to the tune of $853 million dollars over more than 30 years makes the State’s indifference even more egregious. Because WVSU as a 1890 Land Grant institution has a specific responsibility to assist local communities in addressing challenges. WVSU is severely limited and restricted by this underfunding.

For more information on the event, call 304 237-3443