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!
Bursting with poetic storytelling and 14 songs, including “Ol’ Man River,” and “Happy Days Are Here Again,”The Tallest Tree in the Forest combines the talents of award-winning solo-artist Daniel Beaty (Emergence-See!) with acclaimed director, Moisés Kaufman (33 Variations, The Laramie Project). Discover the true story of Paul Robeson, hailed as the ‘best-known black man in the world’ for his incomparable singing and acting, brought low by accusations of disloyalty to America. Beaty brings “his signature wit, grit and piercing lyricism” (New York Times) to more than 40 characters, asking the question, how does a man remain an artist when his soul cries out to be an activist? Read more!
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“The news of the death of Nelson Mandela brings forth the memory of his visit to The Riverside Church in New York City following his release from jail in 1990…for all those gathered, his loving presence with us and his encouragement to continue the search for justice was an inspiring gift that led us on.
Nelson returned again to The Riverside Church in 1995 carrying in his heart abundant thanks for the many ways the congregation had served the cause of equality and dignity for all of creation. His life and steadfastness for the good of all can never be forgotten. I pray that his death brings to our hearts and minds all that one man dedicated in respectful actions can accomplish on behalf of others. May his memory live on in the hearts of each of us and all that we do to serve those whose way is fraught with injustice and intolerance.
Godspeed Nelson as you go forward into the heavens and are received by the One who gave you life.
May you now Rest in Peace, my Brother.”
– Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Senior Minister Emeritus of The Riverside Church