Seymour Institute
​Mobilizing the Black Church for Policy Initiatives
​​​​​​Professor Cheryl
J. Sanders
Howard School of Divinity
Pat MacMillan
Managing Partner,

Triaxia Partners
Malcolm Rivers
​Transcend Academy


Rev. Dr. J. 
Louis Felton
Senior Pastor,
 Mt. Airy
Tim Schultz
President, 1st Amendment Partnership

Emily Hardman
Canterbury Fellow
Amos N. Jones
​​​​​Ambassador Suzan
D. Johnson Cook​
Ambassador for International
Religious Freedom
Dr. Jacqueline
C. Rivers
Executive Director,
Seymour Institute
​​Eugene F. Rivers, III
​Seymour Institute

​​​Elder Quentin
L. Cook
Quorum of the
Twelve Apostles
Bishop David
D. Daniels​
Professor, McCormick
Theological Seminary
​Justin E. Giboney 
Executive Director,
The AND Campaign​
​​​Dr. Estrelda
Y. Alexander
President at William
Seymour Educational
Michael Wear
Founder, Public Square Strategies LLC
​Jamaica West 
Poet and Intellectual ​

The Seymour Institute’s 2018 Religious Freedom Leadership Summit, “Martin Luther King and the Challenge of Religious Freedom,” is focused on the key role that religious freedom played in the accomplishments of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and the great, transformative Civil Rights Movement.  Church leaders from around the country will discuss the critical importance of the Black Church’s service to the poor and needy and the lynchpin of religious freedom on which that work rests. Current threats to religious freedom and how the Black Church can respond will be the concluding discussion.​

William P. Mumma
President, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

 Summit 2018



​​​​​DATE | August 20-22, 2018

Location | Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC 

​Keynote Speakers: 

Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick Jr.

Bishop J. Louis Felton 

* Still Reviewing Applications ​

​Roxanne Stone 
Barna Group ​

Day 1: Tour of the Museum of the Bible

Day 2: Leadership Summit


Welcome: Reverend Eugene and Dr. Jacqueline Rivers

Opening Keynote Address: 
Topic: Martin Luther King and the Challenge of Religious Freedom

Confirmed Speaker: Bishop Rudulph McKissick Jr.


Panel and Discussion: (1 hour)
Topic: Importance of Religious Freedom for the Service of the Black Church

Confirmed Speakers: Malcolm Rivers, Justin Giboney, Prof. Estralda Alexander

Break for Lunch

Luncheon Address: 

Topic: Role of the Black Church in Religious Freedom
Speaker Invited

Presentation and Discussion: 

Topic: The Black Church - Value Added to Their Neighborhoods
Confirmed Speaker: Rev. Dr. Beverly Frazier


Closing Keynote: 

Topic: Racism and Religious Freedom
Confirmed Speaker: Eugene F. Rivers

Respondent: Jacqueline C. Rivers

Topic: Where Do We Go From Here? Responding to the Threats of Religious Freedom


Worship Service

Confirmed Speaker: Bishop J. Louis Felton

Day 3: Tour of the National Museum of African American History

Bishop Talbert
W. Swan, II

GENEROUS TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS will be awarded to the first 40 applicants who live more than 50 miles from Washington, DC as well as a TOUR OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY.