TGR: Mary Miller’s IMA Endorsement Does Not Carry Weight in Black Community

By Doni Glover, Publisher
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(BALTIMORE – May 23, 2020) – Mary Miller, the candidate who was recently exposed for her relationship with a political PAC targeting White voters in Baltimore’s current mail-in Primary Election, now boasts her endorsement by the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA). Baltimore is a majority Black city, for the record.

The IMA is headed by Rev. Alvin Gwynn, the same pastor in the news for recklessly violating stay-at-home orders by holding church services amidst this COVID-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday, Bmorenews sat down for an extensive Facebook LIVE interview with Rev. William Calhoun, a senior pastor in Baltimore who is well-versed on the history of the all-important Black pastors group.

Long story short, the IMA of today, headed by Gwynn, is a break-off from the historic group about a decade ago. It does not reflect, as Calhoun pointed out, the way matters are traditionally and historically handled.

As Ralph Moore pointed out in his recent editorial, “IMA Endorsement is Meaningless”, “It is my understanding from knowledgeable sources that today’s IMA is a handful of preachers and it was some of that few who voted.” He added, “The IMA of old were true leaders, not followers. They were wise and connected to the citizenry of Baltimore and caring in their leadership. They didn’t take their endorsements lightly.”

Baltimoreans must be careful not to confuse the voice of a crackpot with the voice of reason nor the voice of the community.