Dear Faith Partner,
Along with you, we remain prayerful for the safe return of our daughters who have been so violently removed from their families and community.
We hope that the attached litany, We Speak Your Names, will be a valuable resource for your worship and ministry experiences this Sunday and the coming weeks. We will continue to share other resources that might keep us all informed and more faithful to God’s will for peace and justice in this world.
Thank you for your ministry and sharing the journey with us.
Dr. Iva E. Carruthers
Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
Dear Faith Partner,
The Role of the Faith Community and, particularly, the Black Church in working towards the liberation of God’s people from the lingering effects of the oppressive European slave trade.
Chicago, IL, April 23, 2014– The Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference, Inc. (SDPC), in partnership with the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) and the Carruthers Center for Inner-City Studies, presented a national/international forum, “Revitalizing the Reparations Movement,” hosted by Dr. Wayne Watson, President, Chicago State University. The forum was presided by the Honorable Lionel Jean-Baptist, Circuit Court Judge, 9th Judicial Subcircuit and Founder, Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti and was designed to raise awareness of, and share information about the plans of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) countries to push ahead with their efforts for reparations from Europe. The Honorable John Conyers, Sr., Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus, was also in attendance. Conyers stated that CARICOM’s efforts will revitalize the movement in the United States and that he will re-introduce House Bill HR40 in the upcoming 113th Congress. HR40, Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act, was initially presented by Conyers in January, 1989, at the 101st Congress, and has been re-introduced annually to Congress.
The faculty of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will honor the steadfast efforts of SDPC with its prestigious Community of the Cross Award, given to groups who clearly demonstrate, “…the invitation of our Lord to take up the cross and follow him and whose service is directed to the world around it…and whose satisfaction and honor clearly derive from the gospel.” The award will be presented to Dr. Carruthers during the commencement exercises of the Lutheran School of Theology Chicago on Sunday, May 18th, 2014. Dr. Freddy Haynes, SDPC Board Chair, says “This is God’s sign that we are to continue to speak unadulterated truth to power and engage the church, academy and community.” Read more!
The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference Inc. (SDPC), in partnership with Daniel Beaty is proud to announce the “Speak To The Heart Movement”. One of the first initiatives of this venture is a national tour in which Daniel will minister through music and acting to children and families impacted by Mass Incarceration, hoping to build a movement which will end this heinous system. In this vein, Daniel has written a book entitled KNOCK KNOCK which tells the story of a little boy dealing with the reality of his father becoming incarcerated and has another one entitled TRANSFORMING PAIN TO POWER: Unlock Your Unlimited Potential. Read more!