JusticeCon: A Path Towards Freedom

do justice | love kindness | walk humbly with God

The double pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism permeate the soul of America. We Can’t Breathe. This moment requires a commitment to lift our collective voices to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God. 

 

The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York invites you to JusticeCon: A Path Towards Freedom on Juneteenth, June 19, 2020, a holiday to commemorate the liberation of black people from slavery in America. 

 

This virtual social justice conference will empower leaders for social change through the power of community, conversation, and courageous action. 

 

Register today, create your own schedule and welcome to JusticeCon!

Rev. Floyd H. Flake, Pastor | Rev. Elaine M. Flake, Co-Pastor | Rev. Stephen A. Green, Convener

 

For sponsorships and inquiries contact justicecon@allencathedral.org

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SCHEDULE

9:00am JusticeCon: Opening Session

Rev. Dr. Elaine M. Flake, Co-Pastor, The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York

Senator Chuck Schumer, US Senate NY, Minority Leader

Rev. Edward Jordan, Youth Pastor, The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York

Rev. Al Sharpton, President, National Action Network

Nialah Edari, Co-Founder, Freedom March NYC

 

9:30am From Pain to Protest to Policy

Rooted in racism, America’s policing system has devastated Black communities for nearly two centuries. Police murders of unarmed Black Americans are far too common. We’ve witnessed law enforcement turn humans to hashtags a heart-wrenching number of times—-and rarely are accountability and justice served. We can’t play outside. We can’t have a broken tail light. We can’t be asleep in our homes. We. Can’t. Breathe. But change is on the horizon. Across the nation, people are turning their pain into protest, and those protests are building power for transformative policy change. This panel will explore the complexity of reforming policing, highlight the barriers to ensuring accountability and justice for racist policing practices, and discuss opportunities to get civically engaged and demand much-needed policy changes at the local, state, and federal levels.

 

Angela Alsobrooks, Prince George’s County Executive

Senator Kamala D. Harris, US Senate - CA

Dr. Roger Mitchell, Chief Medical Examiner, Washington, DC

Spencer Overton, President, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Rev. Matthew L. Watley, Kingdom Fellowship AME Church

 

10:30am From the Civil Rights Movement to BLM: The Future of the Movement

Born from the Black Freedom Movement and empowered by the rise of social media and digital platforms, #BlackLivesMatter ushered in a new era of social activism. Protests and fundraisers are organized via social media. Citizen journalists use their cell phones to cover what mainstream media doesn’t. Political education is available by webinar. Bolstered by millennials and amplified by Gen-Z, the current Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) combines the history, traditions, and lessons of the past with modern-day methods. In this session, panelists will discuss how the philosophies of M4BL intersect with those of other Black liberation movements; highlight key strategies for mobilizing and action; outline a vision for the future of the Movement; and explore how the faith community can contribute to that vision.

 

Philip Agnew, Dream Defenders

Pastor Eddie Anderson, Pastor, McCarty Memorial Christian Church

Rev. Dr. Willie Francois, Black Church Center

Tiffany Loftin, NAACP National Youth Director

Tamika Mallory, Until Freedom

 

11:30am Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Building Political Power

Systematic disenfranchisement of Black Americans has long been a barrier to building political power. Through tactics such as gerrymandering and voter suppression, Black communities have historically been denied fair access to democratic processes by the very institutions responsible for ensuring their inclusion. As a result, Black people are underrepresented in elected offices, which control budgets, agenda-setting, and policies—all of which are mechanisms for building power. In this session, panelists will discuss what it means to build political power at the state and local levels; highlight civic engagement strategies; and explore immediate actions needed to support communities in implementing power-building measures.

 

Rep. Val B. Demings, US House of Representatives FL-10

Dr. Wes Bellamy, Black Millennial Convention

Stefanie Brown James, Collective PAC

Pastor Mike McBride, LiveFree

Rashad Robinson, Color Of Change

Stephanie Young, When We All Vote

 

12:30pm Say Her Name: Justice for Black Women and Girls

From the maternal health crisis and intimate partner violence to school punishment and income inequality, Black women and girls are fighting for their survival every day. Despite being tenacious advocates of justice for all Black lives, the plight of Black women is often made invisible—even within the Black community. The intersecting injustices of racism and misogyny marginalize Black women’s voices, leadership, and experiences, and those who are LGBTQ or disabled face additional compounding inequities. This panel will discuss the injustices facing Black women and girls; examine the implications of the “strong black woman” narrative and what’s needed to transform it; and offer solutions for prioritizing justice for Black women and girls.

 

Senator Elizabeth Warren, US Senate - MA

Moderator: Krystal Leaphart, Community Advocate

Brianna Baker, Justice For Girls

Rev. Stephanie Grigg, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church

Dr. Neichelle Guidry, Spelman College

Bishop Vashti McKenzie, AME 10th District

 

1:30pm Power to the People: A Policy Agenda for Black America

There’s power in policy, but the diversity of the Black community and its wide-ranging needs may make it feel difficult to rally around a collective policy agenda. In reality, the shared experience of systemic racism is the common thread that binds our demands together. In this session, panelists will highlight pressing policy issues—including health, education, and economic empowerment—and discuss the political strategy needed to advance a policy agenda for Black America.

 

Dr. Oliver Brooks, President, National Medical Association

Dr. Delman Coates, Mt. Enon Baptist Church

Raquel Jones, Young Elected Officials

Rev. Regena Thomas, American Federation of Teachers

 

2:00pm Juneteenth Cooking Demonstration

Sponsored by Black Restaurant Week, this cooking demo from Houston-based chef and entrepreneur D’Ambria Jacobs will show you how to cook with soul and still keep it healthy!

 

Chef D'Ambria Jacobs, Sophisticated Delights

 

2:30pm To Redeem the Soul of America: Prophetic Preaching

The revelatory and action-oriented nature of prophetic preaching has an important role in transforming hearts and minds. Prophetic preaching empowers people to stretch beyond the comfortable and familiar and create space for radical imagination and vision - all of which are important to redemption and progress. This session will explore how we can engage sacred texts for social change; highlight effective strategies for prophetic ministry; and discuss ways to interpret a public theology for the Movement for Black Lives.

 

Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, Pastor, Friendship-West Baptist Church

Bishop Gregory Ingram, Presiding Bishop, 1st Episcopal District

Rev. Dr. Dominique Robinson, Dean, Wiley College

Rev. Reginald Sharpe, Jr., Pastor, Fellowship Baptist Church

Dr. Gina Stewart, Pastor, Christ Missionary Baptist Church

 

3:30pm Healing is Resistance: Spirituality and Self Care

To be Black in America is to be repeatedly traumatized by the many manifestations of racism, from microagressions to state-sanctioned violation, dehumanization, and murder of Black bodies. The nation’s Racial Contract traps Black people in a constant state of suffering as it works to maintain white supremacy. This session will describe how the stresses of systemic racism manifest in Black bodies; discuss healing as a radical act of resistance; and share strategies for engaging in mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual self-care.

 

Moderator: Dr. Michael McCreary, President, New Brunswick Theological Seminary

Dr. Thema Bryant, Professor, Pepperdine University

Rev. Heaven Berhane, Pastor of Community Engagement, FCBC

Rev. Samuel Green, Jr., Director of Christian Education, AME 7th District

 

Rev. Dr. Jessica Ingram, Episcopal Supervisor, 1st District AME Church

Dr. Brianna Parker, Black Millennial Cafe’

 

4:30pm School Daze: HBCUs and the Path Forward

Education is an important contributor to Black progress. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were specifically created as a social change mechanism to provide access to higher education in an era when Black people were excluded from these opportunities. As inherently activist institutions, HBCUs are well-positioned to mobilize students, faculty, and staff in the Movement for Black Lives. In this session, panelists will highlight HBCU engagement in social movements throughout history; explore how the economic impacts of COVID-19 are affecting HBCUs and their opportunities for activism; and discuss how HBCU presidents are leading their institutions in the fight for social change.

 

Moderator: Lodriguez Murray, UNCF

Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, President, Hutson-Tillotson University

Dr. Herman Felton, President, Wiley College

Dr. Hakim Lucas, President, Virginia Union University

Nicole Tinson, CEO, HBCU 20x20

 

5:30pm A Path Towards Freedom: Where Do We Go From Here

Ongoing national protests in support of the Movement for Black Lives are demonstrating that America’s anti-black status quo can no longer stand. Across the country, the voices of the historically unheard are being uplifted to demand accountability, justice, and reform across systems—from policing to health to housing—in the name of equality. In this special one-on-one conversation, Joi-Marie McKenzie and Senator Cory Booker will highlight how the Movement is building power and notching wins in the current moment; discuss how to harness that power for long-term policy change; and share a vision and rallying cry for the future of Black America.

 

Joi-Marie McKenzie, Essence

Senator Cory Booker, US Senate - NJ

 

6:00pm Beloved Community and Beyond

Created by philosopher-theologian Josiah Royce and popularized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the idea of “Beloved Community” is rooted in creating progress and peace through inclusivity, understanding, goodwill, nonviolent conflict resolution, and reconciliation. This panel will highlight the principle that none of us are free until all of us are free; discuss lessons learned from international movements; and share a vision for engaging the faith community in creating a global Beloved Community.

 

Moderator: Mark Thompson, Make it Plain

Brea Baker, Gathering for Justice

Kiratiana Freelon, Journalist

Dr. Shirley Weber, CA House of Representatives

Pastor Michael A. Walrond, Jr., Pastor, FCBC

Dr. Ron Daniels, Convener, National African American Reparations Commission

 

7:00pm God is Woke: Faith and Freedom

Faith, both within and beyond the religious context, has been a resilience factor for Black communities. It is both a salve for broken spirits and a motivating force for remaining steadfast in the struggle for Black freedom. This panel will explore the intersections of faith and freedom and discuss the role of faith communities in advocating for and advancing social change.

 

Rev. Elaine M. Flake, Co-Pastor, The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York

Rev. Stephen A. Green, Chair, Faith for Black Lives

Reverend Marissa Farrow, The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York

Rev. Edward Jordan, Youth Pastor, The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York

Rev. Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, Pastor, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III, Pastor, Trinity UCC

Vice President Joseph R. Biden

 

8:00pm Sacred Desk: A Virtual Vibe with Jac Ross

There’s so much power in Black expression and culture. This session will combine faith and artistic expression to inspire civic engagement for the Movement for Black Lives.

 

Rev. Stephen A. Green,  Chair, Faith for Black Lives

Jac Ross

 

8:30pm The Kickback

Celebrate the close of JusticeCon with a musical segment and tribute to Black Life.

 

DJ Vibes with George 2.0