Covid-19 Vaccine Efforts Get a Boost from Black Communities’ Pastors

February 10, 2021

(The Wall Street Journal) – The block-lettered sign outside Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist deems it “the church where miracles happen!”But inside, from his sun-splashed pulpit, the Rev. Miniard Culpepper makes clear it will take both faith and science to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic. “This new strain, Lord have mercy,” he preached one recent Sunday to the small, socially distanced congregation and some 200 worshipers watching remotely. “Pray that even with this new strain, that as folks get vaccinated—and we pray that folks do get vaccinated—that we’ll see the numbers come down.”