Do you know what the leading cause of death is in the African-American community? Some would guess AIDS, others might say heart disease, while still others would guess cancer, violent crimes or accidents. Although these are key causes of death within the black community, they are not the leading reason. Unbeknown to many, the number one cause of death in the black community is abortion. Since the 1973 legalization of abortion, statistics show that more than fourteen million unborn black American babies have been killed by abortion. This exceeds the total number of deaths from all other causes combined (source, US Center for Disease Control). Not only is this truth staggering in itself, it is also significant to note that this represents approximately one-fourth of the potential population of African-Americans (source, US Census Bureau). Today, African-Americans account for 12.3% of the US population, but black women receive 36% of all abortions done. They are three times more likely than white women to have an abortion (source, US Center for Disease Control).
Life Issues Institute has been actively engaged in the battle to protect innocent human life from fertilization until natural death. To more fully realize this mission, we are now embarking on a journey to specifically reach the black community with pro-life education. It is our intent to share this alarming information and to assist them in developing effective strategies to combat this deadly dilemma. Therefore, Life Issues Institute created the position of Urban Outreach Director and began the search for a well-qualified person to fill it. Finding the right individual was not easy and actually took fourteen months to successfully complete.
Today we are pleased to announce that Arnold M. Culbreath joined the Life Issues Institute team as our Urban Outreach Director. Culbreath, 45, is a native of Cincinnati and has served in pulpit ministry for 21 years, spending the last 16 years in various pastoral capacities. He and his wife, Barbara, have been married for 21 years. Together they have 2 children: a daughter, Elise, who is twenty years old, and a son, Joshua, 13. Arnold possesses a lifetime of strong connection to the African-American community in Cincinnati, a passion for people, and a commitment to join in strategically protecting babies and their parents from abortion.
As Urban Outreach Director, Arnold will be responsible for reaching the African-American community by building relationships with community leaders and pastors. His duties also include developing pro-life educational literature, organizing educational groups and events, and designing a pro-life website as an educational resource exclusively for the African-American community. Arnold will be speaking at local and national gatherings and operating educational booths, as well as developing effective tools to facilitate mass communication with the African-American community.
“I am extremely excited about stepping into this incredible undertaking,” says Culbreath. “To become aware of the damaging effects of abortion, and the abortion industry’s targeted efforts upon the black community, is one thing; but to be strategically placed in a role and given tools and resources having the potential of correcting the problem is something altogether different. It goes beyond merely talking about the problem and moves into collaborating with others, developing strategies and implementing solutions.”
Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading promoter and provider of abortions in America, has 60% of their abortion facilities strategically located in communities with surrounding black populations that are measurably higher than either the city or state averages. Many do not know that the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a devout racist who created the “Negro Project” in 1939 designed to sterilize unknowing black women and others she deemed as undesirables of society. The African American community is largely unaware of Planned Parenthood’s targeted efforts to limit the growth of the black population. Theirs is not a mission of mercy, but rather one to reduce infant mortality through birth control and abortion, particularly in the black community.
“I am convinced the black community needs to not only become aware of this deadly information, but something must be done to counteract this problem. Margaret Sanger originally collaborated with ‘unknowing’ black ministers to promote abortion. We intend to reverse this damaging trend by helping black ministers to ‘fully know’ about this horrendous problem, as well as collaborate with them and other community leaders in an effort to counteract this problem in the black community” says Culbreath. “Although we are in the early stages of our outreach, we are already beginning to develop relationships with several people and groups in Cincinnati and across the country who share a common passion for the protection of unborn babies and their parents from abortion. Simply put, this issue is a matter of life and death, and Life Issues Institute chooses life!” If you are interested in having Mr. Culbreath speak or network in your community, please contact him at the office of Life Issues Institute or by email.
[Editor’s note: contact information updated.]