Children and Justice Plenaries

“Proctor is a loud voice in the wilderness that reminds me that grace abounds. It will inspire you and renew your hope and reassure your spirit of the fact that the world is in the capable hands of our young people.”

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On the 50th anniversary of the Poor People’s Campaign announced by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and carried out after his death by Marian Wright Edelman and countless other leaders and organizers, young people and elders, the 2018 Proctor Institute will look back at where we’ve come from, examine where we are today, and explore what more we must do to realize Dr. King’s dream and end child poverty in our nation.  Four plenary sessions will help us connect the civil rights movement then and the children’s movement now as we hear from intergenerational voices:

  • Tuesday: “From the Poor People’s Campaign to CDF’s Campaign to End Child Poverty” will feature Marian Wright Edelman and civil rights hero Rev. Jim Lawson—whom Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world”—in conversation with author and historian Taylor Branch.
  • Wednesday: “From Memphis to Raleigh and Beyond: Mobilizing in Communities and Congress” will feature Rev. William Barber, founder of the Moral Mondays Movement,  in a conversation moderated by Ash-Lee Henderson, Executive Director of the Highlander Research and Education Center
  • Thursday: “From Breaking the Fast with Chavez to Breaking Down Walls: Intersecting  Justice Movements” will feature Dolores Huerta (invited), co-founder of United Farmworkers, Saira Soto, Deputy Executive Director for the Children’s Defense Fund-California, and a young DREAMer, in a conversation moderated by Dr. Patrick Reyes, author of Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community, and Surviving to Adulthood
  • Friday: “From Campus Sit-Ins to Freedom Schools: Unleashing the Power of Young People for Change” will feature Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., civil rights veteran and pastor emeritus of Cleveland’s Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, Rev. Jen Bailey, co-founder of the Faith Matters Network, and Joy Masha, co-founder of Read Lead and a former Ella Baker Trainer with CDF’s Freedom Schools Program, in a conversation moderated by Rev. Starsky Wilson, Executive Director of the Deaconess Foundation and Co-Chair of the Ferguson Commission.


2018 Great Preachers and Plenary Speakers

Rev. Jen Bailey

Dr. William Barber II

Taylor Branch

Dr. Claudio Carvalhaes


Marian Wright Edelman
CDF President

Dr. Greg Ellison II

Ash-Lee Henderson

Dolores Huerta

Rev. Cynthia Jarvis

Rev. Jim Lawson

The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr.

Dr. Yolanda Pierce

Dr. Patrick Reyes

Dr. Rodney S. Sadler

Saira Soto

Rev. Starsky Wilson

Leadership and Faculty in Residence

Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris
Proctor Institute Director

The Rev. Dr. Janet Wolf
Director of CDF Haley Farm and
Nonviolent Direct Action Organizing

The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III.
Proctor Co-Pastor-in-Residence

The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.
Proctor Co-Pastor-in-Residence

Dr. Eli Wilson
Proctor Institute Director of Music

Mr. Don Lewis
Proctor Institute Organist

Rev. William C. Gipson
Proctor Co-Chaplain-in-Residence

Dr. Frederick J. Streets
Proctor Co-Chaplain-in-Residence

​Dr. Theresa Thames
Faculty in Residence

The Rev. Dr. Eileen W. Lindner
Proctor Theologian-in-Residence

Ndume Olatushani
CDF Nonviolent Direct Action Organizing Team