Press Release

For Immediate Release
January 16, 2009
Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

FBI Announces New Partnership with Faith-Based Organizations and Radio One

Today FBI Assistant Director John J. Miller, Office of Public Affairs, announced a new partnership with Radio One and several faith-based and community organizations to ensure open channels of communication for vital information in the event of a serious national incident. The innovative effort builds on the Bureau’s continuing efforts to build direct lines of communication to individual and diverse communities.

Radio One is one of the nation’s largest radio broadcasting companies and the largest radio broadcaster with programming oriented toward the African-American community. Radio One owns 70 radio stations in 16 urban markets in the United States. The FBI will be able to swiftly communicate information to listeners and community leaders in the event of a significant incident. This partnership helps us communicate with more than 750,000 members in various organizations, plus the 18 million listeners and viewers of Radio One and its affiliate TV One.

The following faith-based organizations, with combined congregations totaling 75,000 members, have also joined in this partnership:

  • Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, under the leadership of Dr. Tony Evans;

  • The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, under the leadership of Bishop T.D. Jakes;

  • The First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, under the leadership of Pastor John Jenkins;

  • The Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship in Decatur, Georgia, under the leadership of Bishop Paul Morton;

  • Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church in Washington, D.C., under the leadership of Bishop Alfred Owens; and

  • Ever Increasing Faith Ministries in Los Angeles, California, under the leadership of Dr. Fred Rice.

Three other organizations, which already have working relationships with the FBI, have also joined in this initiative: the NAACP, the Urban League, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“The FBI’s partnership with these respected organizations puts into place an unprecedented dialogue for information sharing should any crisis occur in the nation’s capital or anywhere in the United States,” said Assistant Director Miller. “Partnerships like this help provide transparency for the FBI and gets swift, direct information to the community.”

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