Six African American pastors from across the state will join together Thursday to address gun violence and to urge Arkansas'senators to vote for increased background checks.
Reverend Elliot Blocker of Little Rock said, "There is a gun violence epidemic in Arkansas' African American communities, and we need Senators Boozman and Pryor to help keep our streets safer by changing their votes against life-saving background checks".
Rev. Blocker will be joined in the news conference by reverends Stanley Blocker of Parkin, James Hayes of Little Rock, Danny Roberson of Marianna, Jarvis Smith of Helena and B.T. Cooper of Forrest City.
Blocker added, "As pastors we are the champions and guardians of our communities, and we won't let the issue of gun violence prevention disappear until our elected officials listen, show leadership and make real changes."