What does it take to overcome adversity and transform people from the inside out? What are those longstanding, proven values that have generated astonishing long-term results in reshaping lives and homes? God does not choose the capable; He chooses the called and then makes them capable. Join us to learn what it means to care for “the least among us”. Hear the stories of grassroots leaders who are transforming the lives of forgotten men and women in the most toxic of neighborhoods.
More than in any time in our nation’s history, there’s a greater opportunity now for minority populations to let their voices be heard, influence society, and reshape the role of government in their lives. This is not the time for violence, nor is it the time to demand more handouts from governments that have failed to give minorities what they truly need and deserve: a better life so they can achieve their own destiny. In the re-airing of our conversation, this recently departed man of God set the stage for a biblical agenda or manifesto to bring about social change in our nation. His message still resonates, particularly with the headlines of the day. Christians of every denomination and ethnic stripe are welcome to join this coalition to contribute to our national vision and strategic direction.
Robert L. Woodson, Sr. founded the Woodson Center in 1981 to help residents of low-income neighborhoods address the problems of their communities. A former civil rights activist, he has headed the National Urban League Department of Criminal Justice, and has been a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Foundation for Public Policy Research. Referred to by many as “godfather” of the neighborhood empowerment movement, for more than four decades, Woodson has had a special concern for the problems of youth. In response to an epidemic of youth violence that has afflicted urban, rural and suburban neighborhoods alike, Woodson has focused much of the Woodson Center’s activities on an initiative to establish Violence-Free Zones in troubled schools and neighborhoods throughout the nation. He is an early MacArthur “genius” awardee and the recipient of the 2008 Bradley Prize, the Presidential Citizens Award, and a 2008 Social Entrepreneurship Award from the Manhattan Institute.
The late Bishop Harry R. Jackson served as one of the chief conveners of the Reconciled Church: Healing the Racial Divide Movement; This was an effort to heal racial division first in the church and then the nation. He was also founder and Chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition (HILC). The HILC became an agent of healing for our nation by educating and empowering churches and community leaders to make grassroots improvements in their communities, states and our nation. Bishop Jackson was also a leading researcher on the black church. His book entitled High Impact African American Churches, co-authored with George Barna, was nominated in 2005 by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s Gold Medallion award. He authored over ten books. His last book, A Manifesto: Christian America’s Contract with Minorities was a labor of love for Bishop Jackson to bring to completion and was published in August 2020. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the prestigious Williams College and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. His secular work experience included positions in several Fortune 500 companies. Diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer in the summer of 2005, Jackson entered into a nearly fatal battle for his life. Against the odds, Harry continued to preach and teach the word. While doctors prognosticated that Harry would not survive one year past his 2006 surgery, God granted Jackson 14 more years of miraculous life. Bishop Harry Jackson went home to be with the Lord on November 9, 2020.