Save the Date: Interfaith Poverty Conference 2018
RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty We are delighted to welcome the Rev. Traci Blackmon., as our keynote speaker.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Rhode Island College, Providence
Rev. Traci Blackmon is the Executive Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO. As a featured voice on many regional, national, and international platforms, Rev. Blackmon's life work focuses on communal resistance to systemic injustice. Her response in Ferguson to the killing of Michael Brown resulted in national and international recognition, gaining her many audiences spanning the breadth of the White House to the Carter Center to the Vatican.
Her work is now featured in several Ferguson Uprising documentaries. Appointed to the Ferguson Commission by Governor Jay Nixon and to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships for the White House by President Barack Obama, Rev. Blackmon is a recipient of the NAACP Rosa Parks Award; The Urban League of St. Louis Woman in Leadership Award; and the National Planned Parenthood Faith Leader Award, to name a few. Rev. Blackmon is listed as one of Ebony Magazine list her as one of the 2015 Power 100 and she is a featured writer in several Justice publications. Rev. Blackmon is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis and currently serves on the boards of The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Chicago Theological Seminary, and WomanPreach! She has been named 2017 Citizen of the Year by The St. Louis American and as one of St. Louis' 100 most influential voices as well.
Rev. Blackmon currently resides in both St. Louis, MO and Cleveland, OH and is the proud mother of three adult children: Kortni Devon; Harold II; and Tyler Wayne Blackmon.
In addition to our keynote, we will have four workshop choices available:
The day's workshops will focus on:
• Housing is a Human Right: How the lack of affordable housing and discriminatory policies keep people from
accessing safe and stable housing in Rhode Island.
• Caring for our Children: From crumbling school infrastructure, to quality education and nutrition, how can we
better provide for our states children?
• Race and Poverty: The continuing impact of structural racism as it relates to immigration, civil liberties, and
poverty in Rhode Island.
• Fair Wages - Fair Employment: Extending equality in the workplace, how fair wages and equal pay are critical
to the economic success of Rhode Island.
This year, we're encouraging you to bring a team from your congregation -- with a reduced rate for registration if you come as a group of 3+. Registration opens at 7:45am and a full breakfast will be served.
Buy tickets here: tinyurl.com/RIPoverty2018