Carter to keynote conference

ATLANTA, Ga. — The Whose Beloved Community? Black Civil and LGBT Rights conference will be held from March 27-29 at Emory University’s Glenn Memorial Auditorium in the Emory Conference Center Hotel, 1615 Clifton Rd.

The event will bring scholars, activists, policy makers, writers, community leaders and others stakeholders to examine points of intersection and contention among the Civil Rights movement, the LGBT equality movement and black LGBT communities, with ways to advance a more comprehensive vision of justice, the organizers said.

The conference is presented by the James Weldon Institute for the Study of Race and Difference and the Center for Women and is supported by the Arcus Foundation.

The work of the initiative creates an international working group of scholars and writers to address intersections; archival of an oral history project about Atlanta black LGBT leaders; and the conference.

The opening keynote conversation will feature Mandy Carter and Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs on March 27, 7:30 p.m., at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church, 1660 N. Decatur Rd., NE.

Carter is an activist and organizer, Julian Bond Civil Rights leader and professor. Gumbs is a scholar, activist and writer.

The event is fee and open the public.

Registration, however, is required for the March 28-29 conference activities which run from 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. both days. Fees and hotel information is available online.


MCC to host conference

ATLANTA, Ga. — The Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) will host “Be the Change, its Conference for People of African Descent, Our Friends and Allies, from May 15-17 at the Double Tree by Hilton Atlanta-Emory, 2061 N. Druid Hills Rd. NE.

The event is open to anyone who has an interest in reaching beyond the boundaries of denomination, national, race, gender, sexual orientation, class and culture.

The Conference theme is “Be the Change.” Speakers and preachers will provide insight, inspiration, and information about what it means to bring about change that lifts up and liberates the individual, the church, the community and the world.

Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas is the keynote speaker. He is a noted author, theologian and professor of religion at Goucher College. Other speakers include Rev. Dr. Ronald Hopson, associate professor of psychology and divinity at Howard University; Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson, author, founder and director of the Center of Spiritual Light; and Rev. MacArthur Flournoy, theologian, author, minister, and director for Faith Partnership and Mobilization for the Human Rights Campaign.

Bishop Tonyia Rawls
Bishop Tonyia Rawls

Dynamic preaching will be offered throughout the conference. The Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson, moderator of MCC, will preach on Saturday evening. Other ministers will be Rev. Dr. Douglas; Rev. Carolyn Mobley of MCC of Richmond, Va.; Bishop Tonyia Rawls, founding pastor of Unity Fellowship Church Charlotte, current pastor and founder of Sacred Souls Community Church and founder and director of the Freedom Center for Social Justice; and Rev. Mykal Slack, MCC, of 4LyfeMinistries of Boston, Mass.

Chair for the conference is Rev. Candy Holmes. If additional information on the conference is required, email her at First MCC of Atlanta and volunteers from across the U.S. comprise the planning committee. They are also accepting additional volunteers to assist during the proceedings. Email Val Parson at to learn more.

The Human Rights Campaign, Many Voices and MCC are the sponsors. Additional sponsorships are welcome, as well as exhibitors. Advertisers are able to purchase space in the conference program. Visit the website for more information.


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