Video: Clergy Panel on Black Church in the Ferguson Era

Address by Dr Cornel West, Professor of Christian Practice & Philosophy, Union Theological Seminary, followed by a panel including Bree NewsomeThe Tribe;  Rev. Traci BlackmonChrist the King (UCC), Rev. Renita Lamkin, St. John’s A.M.E., Pastor Michael McBrideLive Free CampaignRev. Starsky WilsonSaint John’s Church (The Beloved Community), and Min. Rahiel Tesfamariam.

Moderated by Marc Lamont Hill, with introductory remarks by Rev. Osagyefo Sekou.

As part of the weekend of events commemorating the killing of Michael Brown and the unprecedented uprising that followed, Dr Cornel West will return to St Louis to lift up the ongoing struggle for racial justice, and examine the role of the Church and the faith community in the broad resistance to state violence.

This conversation between local and national thinkers, activists and religious leaders will engage critical questions of spirituality, justice and the way forward for a Black church of liberation.


Rev. Traci Blackmon, Senior Minister, Christ the King (UCC)

Rev. Renita Lamkin, Senior Minister, St. John’s A.M.E.

Pastor Michael McBrideLive Free CampaignPICO Network

Bree Newsome, The Tribe

Min. Rahiel Tesfamariam, Founder, Urban Cusp

Rev. Starsky WilsonSaint John’s Church (The Beloved Community), St. Louis.

Presented by: HandsUp UnitedFellowship of Reconciliation, and PICO Network as part of #UnitedWeFight, the Ferguson Action Anniversary Weekend.

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Bree Newsome