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
-- 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
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