2016 National Gathering Speakers

EAD 2016 Speakers CollageThe EAD 2016 National Gathering featured an array of speakers and preachers with a range of national and international experience discussing the theological, ethical, policy, and advocacy dimensions of issues related to racism, class and power.

Please click on the items under “Speakers” in the menu to the right or below for additional information about this year’s speakers.

Videos of EAD speakers are now available. Click the links below each list of speakers to go to the page with the video of their presentation.

Friday, April 15

Opening Celebration Remarks and Speakers

Rev. John McCullough
President & CEO, Church World Service
Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF
Director of Advocacy & Member Relations,
Franciscan Action Network
Douglas G. Grace, M.Div., S.T.M.
Director, Ecumenical Advocacy Days
Douglas G. Grace
Keynote Speaker:
Rev. Dr. William Barber
President, North Carolina NAACP;
Convener, Forward Together Moral Movement
Rev. Dr. William Barber

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Saturday, April 16

Saturday Policy Plenary: “Racism, Class and Power”

Ashindi Maxton
Independent Strategist in Democracy Reform,
Racial Justice and Education
Ashindi Maxton
Sandy Sorenson
Director of Washington Office,
Justice and Witness Ministries,
The United Church of Christ
Sandy Sorensen

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Saturday Lunch Plenary: “The Cradle to Prison Pipeline”

Marian Wright Edelman 
Founder and President, Children’s Defense Fund
Marian Wright Edelman

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Sunday, April 17

Sunday Interdenominational Worship

Rev. Amy Gopp
Vice President of External Relations,
IMA World Health
Rev. Amy Gopp

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 Sunday International Plenary: “People Power Around the World”

Esam Boraey
Human Rights Activist
Esam Boraey
Frances Bagotlo Laminero
Executive Director, InPeace, Philippines
Frances Laminero
Samantha Master
#BlackLivesMatter Movement Activist
Samantha Master
Conrado Olivera
Director, Joining Hands Peru
Conrado Olivera
Rev. Traci D. Blackmon
Acting Executive Minister,
UCC Justice and Witness Ministries
Rev. Traci Blackmon

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