Action Summit coming to Baptist World Cente
Marian Wright Edelman to Keynote

Building on last year’s Re-Visioning Justice in America 2015, The Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership hosts a second conference addressing mass incarceration and fostering restorative justice. Held at the Baptist World Center, 1700 Baptist World Center Drive, Nashville, TN 37207 on Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct 1, 2016, it will explore new initiatives and action plans.

Action Summit: Restoring Justice to the City begins on Friday, September 30 with registration and an information fair in the Baptist World Center (BWC) Atrium from 6:00—7:00 pm. Rev. Dr. Forrest Harris, President of American Baptist College, delivers the Opening Keynote in the BWC Sanctuary from 7:00—8:00 pm, followed by a networking reception in the BWC Dining Room from 8:00—9:00 pm.

Saturday, October 1, registration and the information fair resume in the BWC Atrium at 8:00 am. The Opening Session in the BWC Sanctuary from 9:00—9:15 am begins with an introduction by Graham Reside, Executive Director of the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership, and greetings by Emilie Townes, Dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School. The first session is on Policing & Racialized Violence, with speakers Davie Tucker and Keith Caldwell, and runs from 9:15—10:30 am. After a break, the second session, Starting Somewhere: Restorative Justice in Nashville’s Juvenile Court, with speakers Sheila Calloway, Glenn Funk, Dawn Deaner and sujatha baliga ( offering a 1.25 CLE credit), runs from 10:45 am—12:00 Noon.

Lunch is in the BWC Dining Room from 12:00—1:30 pm ($10 ticket when you register) , followed by three sets of five concurrepnt resentations & workshops.

From 1:30—2:45 pm these are the options: Classroom A — Solitary Confinement: From Social Death to Collective Resistance, Speaker: Lisa Guenther; Classroom B — Justice: Where We Are & Where We Need to Go, Speaker: Joe Ingle; Classroom C — Domestic Violence and Restorative Justice, Speakers: Alex Chambers, Amy McKiernan and LaToya Townsend; Classroom D — God’s Lobby: The Need for Resistance and Lawmaking in the Church, Speaker: Jeannie Alexander (1.25 CLE credit); and Classroom E —The Growing Roots of Restorative Justice in Nashville, Speakers: Rasheedat Fetuga, Molly Lasagna, and Susan McBride.

After a break from 2:45—3:00 pm , these are the 3:00—4:15 pm options: Classroom A — Prison Profiteering in a Nuclear Shadow: Why Do Rural Communities Become Prison Towns?, Speakers: Lisa Guenther, John Roso, Jiayi Hu, and Damien Domenack; Classroom B — Justice: Where We Are & Where We Need to Go,Speaker: Joe Ingle; Classroom C — Domestic Violence and Restorative Justice, Speakers: Alex Chambers, Amy McKiernan and LaToya Townsend; Classroom D — Restorative Nashville as Beloved Community,Speaker: sujatha baliga (1.25 CLE credit); and Classroom E — Freedom in Freedom-less Places: The Role of Freedom School in Juvenile Detention, Speaker: Eric Brown.

After the 4:15—4:30 pm break, these are the 4:30—5:45 pm options: Classroom A — Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Boldly: Theological Education for Social Justice, Speaker: Niger Woodruff; Classroom B — Killing Us Softly: The Dangers of Soft Reform, Speaker: Jeannie Alexander (1.25 CLE credit); Classroom C — Domestic Violence and Restorative Justice, Speakers: Alex Chambers, Amy McKiernan and LaToya Townsend; Classroom D — The Growing Roots of Restorative Justice in Nashville,Speakers: Rasheedat Fetuga, Molly Lasagna, and Susan McBride; and Classroom E — Freedom in Freedom-less Places: The Role of Freedom School in Juvenile Detention, Speaker: Eric Brown.

The program holds a dinner from 5:45—7:00 pm (make a reservation when you register).

Marian Wright Edelman, President & Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund (1 CLE credit) will deliver the Evening Keynote, entitled “From the Inside Out: Stories of the Formerly Incarcerated” in the BWC Sanctuary from 7:00—9:00 pm, with an introduction by Janet Wolf, Director, Alex Haley Farm & Nonviolent Organizing. The Closing Reception runs from 9:00—10:00 pm in the BWC Dining Room.

For more about the sessions and speakers, complete registration information and costs, and to reserve meals, go to the website: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/ctp/

Speakers Spotlight: Action Summit: Restoring Justice in the City

Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman

Saturday Keynote Speaker: Marian Wright Edelman
Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund, has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. A graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, Edelman was the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar and directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi. She has received over a hundred honorary degrees and many awards including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize, the Heinz Award, a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the nation’s highest civilian award), and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award for her writings, which include Families in Peril: An Agenda for Social Change; The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours; Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors; I’m Your Child, God: Prayers for Our Children; I Can Make a Difference: A Treasury to Inspire Our Children; and The Sea Is So Wide and My Boat Is So Small: Charting a Course for the Next Generation. She is married to Peter Edelman, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center. They have three sons and four daughters. Marian Wright Edelman’s keynote address provides 1.00 CLE credit.

Dr. Forrest E. Harris, Sr.

Dr. Forrest E. Harris, Sr.

Friday Opening Keynote Speaker: Dr. Forrest E. Harris, Sr.
Dr. Forrest E. Harris, Sr. was appointed President of American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee in 1999. He is the Director of the Kelly Miller Smith Institute on Black Church Studies, which has a 1.2 million dollar endowment for the perpetuation of theological study and dialogue in African American congregations, and he is Assistant Dean for Black Church Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Dr. Harris holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from Knoxville College, a Bachelor of Theology (Th.B.) degree from American Baptist College, and Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degrees from Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Dr. Harris has published the following three books: What Does it Mean To Be Black and Christian: The Pulpit, Pew and The Academy in Dialogue (Townsend Press); Ministry for Social Crisis: Theology and Praxis in the Black Church Tradition (Mercer University Press); and What Does It Mean to Be Black and Christian: The Meaning of the African American Church.