Faith-Based Advocates Gather to Build Movement to Leave No Child Behind(R): Seventh Annual Child Advocacy Ministry Institute And Great Preachers Series at Haley Farm

Jul 13, 2001, 01:00 ET from Children's Defense Fund

    WASHINGTON, July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of faith-based advocates from
 around the country will gather at the former Alex Haley Farm in Clinton,
 Tennessee, from July 16-20, for the seventh annual Samuel DeWitt Proctor
 Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry and Great Preachers Series.  The
 Institute's regular faculty members are Pastor-in-Residence Reverend Dr. Otis
 Moss, Jr., Pastor, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and
 a former associate of Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. at Ebenezer Baptist
 Church; Theologian-in-Residence Reverend Dr. Eileen Lindner, Deputy General
 Secretary for Research and Program Planning of the National Council of
 Churches of Christ (NCCC) USA; Chaplain-in-Residence Reverend Dr. Frederick J.
 Streets, Chaplain, Church of Christ at Yale University; and H.Q. Thompson,
 Emmy-winning Director of Music and the Resurrection Choir.
     Haley has hosted some of the best contemporary preachers.  Dr. Moss will
 present the Morning Devotions the first three days, and Thursday's will be
 given by the Reverend Dr. Harold Middlebrook, Sr., Pastor, Canaan Baptist
 Church of Christ, Inc., Knoxville, Tenn.  This year's evening Great Preachers
 Series will include:
     -- Monday: The Reverend Dr. Joan S. Parrott, Vice President for Leadership
        Development and Spiritual Renewal Programs at Haley Farm, Children's
        Defense Fund.
     -- Tuesday: The Reverend Dr. C.T. Vivian, Civil Rights Leader and Chair,
        Board of Directors, Black Action Strategies and Information Center
        (BASIC), Atlanta, Ga.
     -- Wednesday:  The Reverend Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, Senior Pastor of the
        Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in New York.
     -- Thursday: The Reverend Dr. Fred B. Craddock, Bandy Distinguished
        Professor of Preaching and New Testament, Emeritus, Candler School of
        Theology, Atlanta, Ga.
     Other presenters and leaders of the Institute's Training Tracks will
 include the Reverend James M. Lawson, Jr., Civil Rights Leader and retired
 United Methodist Pastor, and Dr. Dorothy Cotton, Civil Rights Leader, Public
 Speaker, and Lecturer.
     The Institute, dedicated to the memory of the late Reverend Dr. Samuel
 DeWitt Proctor, the Institute's founding Pastor-in-Residence, offers the Great
 Preachers Series as well as skills-building sessions, workshops, and
 nonviolence training to encourage faith advocates by teaching and enhancing
 skills and strategies in working to build a movement to Leave No Child
     The Proctor Institute follows the Torchbearers Symposium on July 15-16, an
 inspiring program on the role of women in the Civil Rights and other
 transforming movements.
     For more information about the Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy
 Ministry or the Torchbearers symposium, contact Gigi Hinton at (202) 662-3609
 or Libby Alesbury at (202) 662-3508.
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SOURCE Children's Defense Fund