National Baptist Convention draws large crowd to downtown Memphi - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

National Baptist Convention draws large crowd to downtown Memphis

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The nation's largest African American religious convention is stationed at the Memphis Cook Convention Center this week.

Delegates for the National Baptist Convention arrived in Memphis on Monday. By the time they leave, they'll have pumped millions of dollars into the city.

More than 20 thousand people are expected at the convention, and many have already fallen in love with Memphis.

"The hospitality is great, the welcoming committee is great, everything is going well," Reverend Charles Boyd of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, said.

All around the convention center, Memphis businesses are enjoying a spike in sales and a big piece of the economic pie.

"When you talk about the economic impact we're talking about retail and food, we're talking about somewhere in the neighborhood of $45 million would be added to the economy of Memphis," Reverend Marvin Mercer said.

During the week-long convention, delegates will participate in a series of policy meetings that will cover topics from education to crime. 

However, church leaders said the most important mission this year is to focus on faith.

"Glorify God yes, and that our purpose is to come and to bring together the churches and delegates to come and do the business of the convention," Mercer said. "But overall, it's to glorify God."

To learn more about the convention and how you can participate, click here.

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