Program

April 4, 2018
The National Mall – Washington, DC
12th Street NW

AWAKEN TO ACKNOWLEDGE RACISM AS EVIL

7:00 a.m. Awaken – Lighting the Way

  • Time of Reflection  (National Mall 12th Street)

AND

7:00 a.m. Drumbeat for Justice Silent Walk (MLK Memorial to the National Mall)

  • Gather west of the MLK Memorial at the polo fields near the MLK bookstore (West Basin Drive, SW)
  • Rev. Touissant King Hill, Jr., Pastor, West Hunter St. Baptist Church in Atlanta
  • Rev. Dionne Boissiere, Chaplain of the Church Center for the United Nations (CCUN).

8:00 a.m. Awaken – Preparing Our Hearts

  • Interfaith Service (12th Street Stage at the National Mall)

RALLY TO END RACISM

AWAKEN TO ACKNOWLEDGE RACISM AS A SIN

9:00 a.m. Host:  Julian Deshazier, Senior Pastor, University Church of Chicago, Emmy-award winning hip-hop artist J.Kwest

Participants:

  • His Eminence Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, Diocesate Legate and Ecumenical Director, The Armenian Church, Eastern Diocese of America
  • Rev. Barbara Carter, Apostle, Council of Twelve, Southeast USA Mission Field, Community of Christ
  • Rt. Rev. Francis Krebs, Presiding Bishop, Ecumenical Catholic Communion
  • Bishop McKinley Young, Sr. Bishop, A.M.E. Church
  • Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and President, United Church of Christ
  • Mrs. Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, Ex-Officio Member, NCC Governing Board, African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Dr. Jim Winkler, General Secretary and President, National Council of Churches
  • A.C.T. Now! Mass Choir
  • Rev. Canon Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary and is the Canon Theologian at the Washington National Cathedral.
  • Bishop Roy E, Campbell, Jr., Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Washington
  • Ms. Anita Bonds, Member At-Large, Council, District of Columbia

CONFESS TO CONFRONT RACISM

Confessing the Church’s Complicity in Practicing, Promoting and Profiting from White Privilege and Racial Division

10:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker:  Rev. Jim Wallis, President and Founder, Sojourners & Author, America’s Original Sin:  Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America

Participants: 

  • Mr. Louie Blue Coat, Standing Rock Reservation and Member, Dakota Association UCC
  • Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Miller, President, Northern Province, Provincial Elders Conference (PEC), Moravian Church in North America
  • Bishop Clement W. Fugh; President, African Methodist Episcopal Church Council of Bishops
  • Mr. Azhar Azeez, President, Islamic Society of North America
  • Children’s Choir; Mr. Tony Small Conducting – White House Millennium and National Award-Winning Composer, Librettist, Orchestrator & Pianist, Consultant for Sacred Arts Places, Music Minister for Clifton Park Baptist Church 
  • Rev. Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, National African American Clergy Network; President, Skinner Leadership Institute
  • Ms. Christie Duncan-Tessmer, General Secretary, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Religious Society of Friends
  • Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
  • A.C.T. Now! Mass Choir
  • Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, Chairman, Conference of National Black Churches

CONFRONTING RACISM

in Education, Jobs, Health Care and Criminal Justice, Civil, Human and Voting Rights, Immigration, Media and Environmental Justice

11:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker:  Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey, Author, Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation

  • Inspiration/Uplift:  Y’Anna Crawley, Urban Contemporary Gospel Artist and Musician

Participants:

  • The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Stated Clerk, Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • (Video) Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, President, Repairers of the Breach, Founder, Forward Together Moral Movement, Chair, NAACP Legislative Political Action Committee and Co-Chair, Poor People’s Campaign
  • (Video) Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Founder and Co-Director, Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice; Coordinator, Poverty Initiative, Union Theological Seminary and Co-Chair, Poor People’s Campaign
  • Bishop Bruce Ough, President, Council of Bishops, United Methodist Church
  • Mary I. O’Connor, MD, Chair, Movement is Life and Director, Center for Musculorskeletal Care, Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Health; Professor of Orthodpaedics and Rehabilitation, Yale School of Medicine and Chair, Diversity Advisory Board, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, Co-Founders, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
  • Rev. Paula Clayton Dempsey, Alliance of Baptists
  • Bishop George E. Battle, Jr., Senior Bishop, Presiding Prelate of the Piedmont Episcopal District, A.M.E. Zion Church
  • Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN – Executive Director, Pax Christi

CONFRONTING RACISM: REMEMBERING DR. KING AND RENEWING OUR COMMITMENT

12:00 Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, Senior Pastor, Friendship West Baptist Church (Dallas, TX)

  • Speaker:  Mr. Louis Gossett, Jr., Founder, President and Board Chair, Eracism  Foundation; Oscar Award-winning Actor
  • Inspiration/Uplift:  Yolanda Adams, Gospel Singer, Record Producer, Actress, former Radio Host
  • Release Dance Company

Participants:

  • Rev. Teresa “Terri” Hord Owens , General Minister and President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada
  • Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith, Bread for the World, National Baptist Convention USA, Inc., 
  • The Most Blessed Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada, Orthodox Church in America
  • Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, General Secretary, American Baptist Churches USA
  • Rt. Rev. Teresa Jefferson Snorton, Presiding Prelate, Fifth Episcopal District, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church; President, Churches Uniting in Christ
  • Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, Senior Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church (Atlanta, GA)

TELL THE TRUTH TO LEAD TO TRANSFORMATION

1:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker:  Mr. DeRay Mckesson: “Transforming Systems and Institutions;” Activist and Former School Administrator, This is the Movement (Baltimore, MD)

  • Inspiration/Uplift:  Marvin Sapp, Gospel music singer-songwriter; Founder and senior pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church, located in Grand Rapids, MI
  • Robert Miranda, singer-songwriter

Participants:

  • (Video) Andrew Young, Politician, Diplomat, and Activist, former Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Rt. Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Mr. Phil Lee, President, Clear Impact
  • Dr. Naeem Baig, Co-Convener National Council of Churches Muslim-Christian Dialogue, Vice President for Public Affairs, Islamic Circle of North America
  • Ms. April N. Baskin, Vice President of Audacious Hospitality, Union for Reform Judaism
  • Bishop Lawrence Reddick, III, Senior Bishop and Presiding Prelate, Eighth Episcopal District, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

THE CALL TO ACTION

2:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker:  Rt. Rev. Vashti Murphy McKenzie, Presiding Prelate, Tenth Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Church

  • Speaker:  Danny Glover, Actor, film director, and political activist
  • Inspiration/Uplift:  Marvin Sapp, Gospel music singer-songwriter

Participants:

  • Mr. Terry Provance; Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee
  • Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal Church
  • Bishop W. Darin Moore, Chair, National Council of Churches and Presiding Prelate, Mid-Atlantic Episcopal District, A.M.E. Zion Church
  • Inspiration/Uplift – Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp & The A.C.T. Now! Mass Choir: “What Hope Do We Have?”

3:00 P.M. PLEDGE TO A.C.T.

  • Agnes Regina Murei Abuom, Moderator of the Central Committee, World Council of Churches
  • Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and President, United Church of Christ
  • Mrs. Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, Ex-Officio Member, NCC Governing Board, African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Bishop W. Darin Moore, Chair, National Council of Churches and Presiding Prelate, Mid-Atlantic Episcopal District, A.M.E. Zion Church
  • Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, Resident Bishop, The United Methodist Church, North Carolina Conference

AWAKEN TO ACKNOWLEDGE. CONFESS TO CONFRONT. TELL THE TRUTH TO TRANSFORM