Dallas Megachurch Pastor Resigns from Leadership Role at Rainbow PUSH Coalition

Reverend Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes III, who assumed the presidency and CEO position of Reverend Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition, has announced his resignation. In July, the leadership of the organization was officially transferred to Haynes as Reverend Jackson transitioned to emeritus status. Haynes took on the roles of president and CEO at Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas.

Less than a year after his appointment, Haynes has decided to step down from his position. In a statement, he expressed his gratitude for the support he received since his appointment and reaffirmed his commitment to the principles of social justice.

Haynes released the following statement announcing his resignation:

“After continual prayer and deliberation, I have decided to step down from the position of Chief Executive Officer and President of Rainbow Push Coalition (RPC), effective immediately.
I remain committed to honoring the rich history of RPC and the legacy of its esteemed leader, the incomparable Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr., and, most significantly, to the calling and pursuit of social justice.
I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all who have expressed their support since my appointment in July of last year.
Rest assured that my work in the fight for liberation and freedom continues.”

Following Haynes’ resignation, Jesse Jackson confirmed that his son, Yusef Jackson, will continue to serve as Chief Operating Officer of the organization. Jackson expressed appreciation for Haynes’ service and leadership on behalf of the organization’s Board of Trustees.

We are grateful to Rev. Haynes for his service and leadership, continuing the work of our founder and President Emeritus Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Our relationship with Rev. Haynes has been blessed by God to last over 30 great years. We remain eternal partners in the fight for peace, civil rights and economic justice.
As we look forward, the Rainbow Push Coalition will continue to work for people and their right to fight for self-determination, and social and economic justice. We will carry on the vital work of protecting, defending, and gaining civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields. Our commitment to promoting peace and justice around the world remains unwavering.”

Despite this change, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition remains dedicated to its mission of advocating for peace, civil rights, and economic justice. Jackson emphasized the organization’s ongoing commitment to promoting social and economic justice globally.

Haynes’ decision to resign was initially reported by Roland Martin on his Black Star Network.

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