Convention News – Tour of Historic Atlanta

RCC’s national Convention is set for April 5-7 in Atlanta. Venue is Sheraton Atlanta, special RCC rate of $129+tax. Theme: Realizing the Dream: Peace and Justice Through Communication. Register online.

Important: March 13th is Early Bird deadline (get the lowest registration rate of $395) and hotel room cut off.

Plan to arrive Wednesday night, April 4 and take part in a Black History tour of historic sites on Thursday, April 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The tour includes the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center with a visit to the crypts of Coretta and Dr. King, Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Visitor's Center, Gift Shop, and Dr. King's Birth Home followed by a drive through downtown Atlanta past Atlanta University Center which includes Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and the Morehouse School of Medicine.

Program highlight

Friday – 12:45 p.m. Plenary Lunch and Panel Discussion on Perceptions of Civil Rights Today: The role of faith groups in shaping public opinion. The panel will include:

Rashad Abdul-RahmaanImam Rashad Abdul-Rahmaan, assistant Imam at Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, was a participant in a three-year interfaith dialogue with leaders of the Presbyterian Church USA and conducted a weekly program, "AL-Islam in View," on the American Muslim (online) Radio Network 360 (AM 360). From 2009 to 2015, he was assistant Imam and assistant director of education at Clara Muhammad School at Masjid Sultan Mohammed in Milwaukee.

Ken BedellThe Rev. Dr. Kenneth Bedell, author of Realizing the Civil Rights Dream: Diagnosing and Treating American Racism (2017), is a former member of the RCC Board of Governors. An ordained United Methodist pastor, he served local congregations for 18 years. He was a senior staff executive at the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and a senior adviser in the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the Department of Education during the Obama administration. He taught in the Master of Arts in Religious Communication program at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He edited the Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches for the National Council of Churches for five years.

Robert FranklinThe Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin Jr. is the James T. and Berta R. Laney professor of moral leadership at Emory University in Atlanta. He was president of the Interdenominational Theological Center at Atlanta University Center Consortium (1997-2002) and president of Morehouse College (2007-2012). He directed the Religion Department at the Chautauqua Institution in New York from January 2012 to August 2017. In 2016, Franklin served as an adviser to Oprah Winfrey's "Belief" series. He is ordained in the American Baptist Churches USA and the Church of God in Christ. Franklin is the author of three books: Crisis in the Village: Restoring Hope in African American Communities (2007); Another Day's Journey: Black Churches Confronting the American Crisis (1997); and Liberating Visions: Human Fulfillment and Social Justice in African American Thought (1990).

Yvette MooreYvette Moore is Director of Communications for United Methodist Women, a nearly 800,000-member organization committed to addressing the needs of women, children and youth. She has served as editor of its magazine, response, and in overseeing United Methodist Women’s print, web/social media and public relations operations. Moore is the author of Freedom Songs, a moving coming of age story for young adults set in Brooklyn, New York, and North Carolina in 1963. The Civil Rights Movement classic was published in the United States by Orchard Books/Franklin Watts, Inc., in 1991. She is also the author of the newly released Just Sketching, a sequel to Freedom Songs.

And more, more, more!

Read about all the Convention speakers and updated schedule.

 
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