Featured Speakers and Performers

Yolanda Adams is a gospel singer, record producer, actress, and former radio host of her own nationally syndicated morning gospel show.  Adams is known as the “Queen of Contemporary Gospel Music” and the “First Lady of Modern Gospel”. Variety dubbed Adams as the “Reigning Queen of Urban Gospel.”

Louie Blue Coat is from the Dakota Association United Church of Christ and was a clergy participant at Standing Rock gathering for prayer, solidarity, and repentance.

Danny Glover is an actor, film director, and political activist. He has appeared in many other movies, television shows, and theatrical productions, and is an active supporter of various humanitarian and political causes.

Louis Gossett, Jr., is best known for his Academy Award-winning role as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman, and his role as Fiddler in the 1977 ABC television miniseries Roots. Gossett has also starred in numerous film in an acting career that spans over five decades. He has turned his attention to ending racism through his organization, the Eracism Foundation.

Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey is a writer, speaker, and professor at Drake University. Her work focuses on racial justice and white anti-racism. Dr. Harvey’s most recent books include Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in Racially Unjust America (Abingdon Press, January 2018) and Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation (Wm. B. Eerdmans). Dr. Harvey has also contributed to New York Times and Huffington Post and is ordained in the American Baptist Churches (U.S.A.).

Rev. Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes, III, is the Sr. Pastor at Friendship West Baptist Church (Dallas, TX) and is a prophetic pastor, passionate leader, social activist, and eloquent orator. He is an educator engaged in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, fighting against racial injustice, committed to economic justice and empowerment in under-served communities and to touching and transforming the lives of the disenfranchised.

Bishop Vashti McKenzie is a bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. McKenzie is the first female elected as bishop in the denomination’s history. She is also the national chaplain of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the granddaughter of Delta founder Vashti Turley Murphy.

DeRay Mckesson is an American civil rights activist and former school administrator.  Mckesson is a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and is known for his activism via social media outlets such as Twitter and Instagram and has been active in the protests in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland. Mckesson has also written for The Huffington Post and The Guardian. Along with Johnetta Elzie, Brittany Packnett, and Samuel Sinyangwe, Mckesson launched Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence. He currently hosts the Crooked Media podcast Pod Save the People.

Bishop W. Darin Moore is the Presiding Bishop of the Mid-Atlantic Episcopal District of the AME Zion Church and currently serves as the Chair of the Governing Board of the National Council of Churches, USA.

Dr. Mary I. O’Connor. As an orthopaedic surgeon, she sees firsthand the disparate care women and individuals of color often receive and has been a strong voice in the Caucasian male-dominated orthopaedic profession to improve the diversity of providers and equality of care. Since its founding in 2010, Dr. O’Connor has served as Chair of Movement is Life, a multi-stakeholder group committed to decreasing healthcare disparities through work at the patient, provider, community and policy levels.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner serves as the Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. He has led the Religious Action Center since 2015. Rabbi Pesner also serves as Senior Vice President of the Union for Reform Judaism, a position to which he was appointed to in 2011. Named one of the most influential rabbis in America by Newsweek magazine, he is an inspirational leader and tireless advocate for social justice.

Bishop Marvin Sapp is a Gospel music singer-songwriter who recorded with the group Commissioned during the 1990s before beginning a record-breaking solo career. Sapp is also the founder and senior pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Jim Wallis is a New York Times bestselling author, public theologian, speaker, and international commentator on ethics and public life. Jim is the author of 12 books. His most recent book, America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, was released in January 2016.

Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock is the Senior Pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the spiritual home of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.