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WED: Rev. Sharpton to Urge Black Religious Leaders to Mobilize Congregants Around 2020 Election At Conference Of National Black Clergy in Atlanta

Dec 10, 2019

Led by Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, Attendees Include Attorney Ben Crump, Judge Glena Hatchett, Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond and more

ATLANTA (December 11, 2019) – Rev. Al Sharpton, president and founder of civil rights organization National Action Network (NAN), will deliver the keynote at the Conference of National Black Clergy’s (CNBC) Leadership Recognition Dinner in Atlanta to push for mobilization in the Black clergy community as the country gears up for a crucial election year. The annual Leadership Recognition Dinner galvanizes change agents in the clergy community to continue their efforts to combat racism and inequality through political advocacy and voter mobilization.


Rev. Al Sharpton, President & Founder, NAN
Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, Chairman of CNBC
Other prominent faith leaders


Atlanta Marriott Marquis
265 Peachtree Center Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303


Wednesday, December 11, 2019


7:30pm – 8:30pm

**Media interested in attending the Leadership Recognition Dinner should contact the CNBC at [email protected].**


Day 1 – Tuesday, December 10, 2019

12:00 pmOpening Session Jacqui Burton, President of CNBC
Greetings by Walmart CEO by Video and Tony Waller
Opening Statement – Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, Chairman, CNBC

1:30 pmKeynote Speaker
Greetings by Walmart CEO by Video and Tony Waller
Opening Statement – Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, Chairman, CNBC

2:30 – 3:00 pm
Moderator: Dr. Robert Franklin

James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor in Moral Leadership
Emory, Candler School of Theology
Dr. Kevin W. Cosby
Sr. Pastor, St. Stephen Church/President, Simmons College of Kentucky

3:00 – 3:40 pmThe Continuing Effects of 1619 and the Fierce Urgency of Now
Response from the leaders of predominately white denominations & Q/A
Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer
General Minister and President
The United Church of Christ

3:40 – 4:00 pmQ/A

6:00 pmBuses depart from hotel for Big Bethel AME Church

7:00 pmEcumenical Service
Sermon, Bishop Brandon B. Porter
Greater Community Temple Church of God in Christ,
Memphis, Tennessee

Day 2 – Wednesday, December 11, 2019

7:45 – 8:45 amBreakfast

8:45 amMorning Manna
Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley
Senior Pastor, Alfred Street Baptist Church

9:45 – 10:45 amEnvironmental Justice
Dr. Gerald Durley and Dr. Ambrose Carroll (Green the Church)

11:00 – 12:15 pmNational Council of Churches
Group Pilgrimage Statement on Israel and Palestine
Bishop W. Darin Moore

12:30 – 2:00 pmLunch is Served
Luncheon Speaker:
Jim Wallis
Sojourners, Founder and Editor
April Kelly-Drummond
Denny’s Corporate Remarks, Head of Diversity, Equality, Inclusion at Denny’s Inc.

2:15 – 4:00 pmCriminal Justice and Gun Reform
Judge Glenda Hatchett
Attorney Ben Crump

7:00 – 9:00 pmLeadership Recognition Dinner
Rev. Al Sharpton
CNBC Lifetime Achievement Award
Senior Bishop George E. Battle, SR
AME Zion Church
The Sojourner Truth Award
Mrs. Elizabeth Omilami
The Frederick Douglass Award
Rev. Dr. Gerald L. Durley
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Social Justice Award
Mr. Doug McMillon
President & CEO of Walmart

Day 3 – Thursday December 12, 2019

7:45– 8:45 amBreakfast

8:45 amMorning Manna
Dr. LaKeesha Walrond
President, New York Theological Seminary (NYTS)

9:45 – 12:00 pmModerator: Rev. Nelson Rivers, III.
Build a strong module to empower the Church.
The Fierce Urgency of Now: Getting out the Vote and Being Counted in the Census