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There is a tragic irony to the fact that currently 180 years after the Slavery Abolition Act prohibited slavery in the British Empire, 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation prohibited slavery in the U.S., and 125 years after the Golden Law prohibited slavery in Brazil, black enslavement continues in several especially pernicious forms throughout the transatlantic region.

Letter to
Organization of American States, European Union, & African Union
BLACK BODIES AND 21ST CENTURY CAPTIVITIES
A Petition to End Persistent Forms of Black Enslavement

There is a tragic irony to the fact that currently 180 years after the Slavery Abolition Act prohibited slavery in the British Empire, 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation prohibited slavery in the U.S., and 125 years after the Golden Law prohibited slavery in Brazil, black enslavement continues in several especially pernicious forms throughout the transatlantic region. Currently, hundreds of thousands of Africans are trafficked or otherwise forced into direct forms of enslavement, including the forced recruitment of children as soldiers; the sexual enslavement of women and children; and the mobilizing of persons through force or deception into various types of unpaid and involuntary labor. Moreover, black communities across the globe are too often victimized by violence due to the proliferation of weapons exported into these communities, and by a greater zealousness on the part of governments toward black criminalization and incarceration than toward black educational and economic development. This continued devaluing of black life is a stain on humanity and a reproach to the sacredness of human personhood.

We the undersigned call on international organizations and sovereign nation states to focus their collective will and resources toward eradicating practices and policies that are contributing to the continued dehumanization and modern day enslavement of African peoples in many parts of the world. Greater efforts must be made to end the bondage caused by:
• Human trafficking
• Child labor and child soldiering
• Sexploitation of women and children
• Mass incarceration

We specifically call on member governments to endorse and enforce programs, protocols, and conventions of the United Nations and International Labor Organization (as well as the African Union and European Union) on small arms, sexual exploitation, child labor, and human trafficking, including: (1) the U.N. Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition, and the U.N. Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects; (2) the U.N. Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children; and (3) the International Labor Organization’s Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999.

We also call on these international institutions and national governments to consciously develop deeper level strategies to ensure that the dignity and sacredness of the lives of African-descended peoples are upheld and that their human rights are realized and protected alongside those of their fellow citizens around the world.

DRAFTING COMMITTEE:
• Dr. R. Drew Smith, (Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race; Pittsburgh Theological Seminary), USA
• Dr. Iva Carruthers, (Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference), USA
• Dr. William Ackah, (Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race; University of London), United Kingdom
• Dr. Allan Boesak, (Visiting Professor, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis), South Africa
• Dr. Frederick Haynes, III, (Friendship West Baptist Church, Dallas; Samuel D. Proctor Conference), USA
• Dr. Ann Smith, (Gamaliel), USA
• Mr. Jamye Wooten, (Kinetics Communications), USA

ECCLESIASTICAL, INSTITUTIONAL, AND ORGANIZATIONAL ENDORSEMENTS:
• Dr. Paul Alexander, Founder, Pentecostals & Charismatics for Peace & Justice, and Co-President Elect, Evangelicals for Social Action
• Rev. Dr. Albert J. D. Aymer, President and Professor of New Testament, Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, NC
• Rev. Dr. Geoffrey A. Black, General Minister and President, United Church of Christ
• Rev. Derrick Boykin, African Amer. Voices for Africa, and African Amer. Leadership Outreach, Bread for the World
• Rev. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, Senior Pastor, Empowerment Temple A.M.E. Church, Baltimore, Maryland
• Rev. Dr. J. Albert Bush, Pastor, Walker Memorial Bapt. Ch, Bronx, and CEO, So Send I You Global Missions Initiative
• Mr. Maurice Carney, Friends of the Congo, Washington, D.C.
• Rev. Dr. Nick Carter, President, Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, Massachusetts
• Rev. Dr. Delman Coates, Senior Pastor, Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, Clinton, Maryland
• Rev. Dr. Mark A. Dennis, Jr., Senior Pastor, Second Baptist Church, Evanston, Illinois, and Moderator, Evanston Pastors’ Fellowship
• Rev. Dr. Forrest Harris, President, American Baptist College
• Rev. Dr. Dale Irvin, President, New York Theological Seminary
• Dr. R. Simangaliso Kumala, Director, Research and Postgraduate Studies, Ujamaa Centre, Univ. of KwaZulu-Natal
• Rev. Dr. Bernice Powell Jackson, Pastor, First United Church of Tampa UCC, Tampa, Florida
• Rev. Dr. Walter Arthur McCray, President, National Black Evangelical Association
• Rev. Waltrina N. Middleton, Minister for Youth Advocacy and Leadership Formation, United Church of Christ
• Rev. Otis Moss, III, Senior Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, Illinois
• Rev. Dr. Tyrone Pitts, President/CEO, Bridges International
• Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard, III, Dean, Howard University School of Divinity
• Dr. Ramesh Rao, Member, Executive Council, Hindu American Foundation
• Rev. Dr. Rothney Tshaka, Chair, Department of Philosophy and Systematic Theology, University of South Africa
• Rev. Dr. Emilie M. Townes, President, Society for the Study of Black Religion
• Rev. Robina M. Winbush, President, Churches Uniting in Christ
• Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Vice Chair, Kwame Nkrumah Academy, Chicago, Illinois

INDIVIDUAL RELIGIOUS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS' ENDORSEMENTS (sample from change.org petition):
• Rev. Eve Abrahams, Rector, Christ Church Anglican, Cape Town, South Africa
• Ms.Tolulope Adetayo, Princeton African Students’ Association, Princeton University, New Jersey
• Mr. Adegboye Adeyanju, Lecturer, Department of English and Literary Studies, University of Abuja, Nigeria
• Mr. Ali Ahmed, Lawyer, London, United Kingdom
• Dr. Olusegun Ajayi, Sociology Department, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
• Dr. Robert Mbe Akoko, Head of Department, Sociology and Anthropology, University of Buea, Cameroon
• Mr. Rohan Alexander, London, United Kingdom
• Dr. Torin D. Alexander, Assistant Professor of Religion, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota
• Chaplain April Alford, Ascension Health Information Systems, Hamden, Connecticut
• Mr. Geoffrey Amoateng, Senior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, United Kingdom
• Dr. Nicola Ansell, Reader in Human Geography & Social Work, Brunel University, London, United Kingdom
• Ms. Joanne Anthony, Archivist, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, United Kingdom
• Mr. Marcus Armstrong, activist, Trident Plowshares, United Kingdom
• Dr. Curtis Austin, Associate Professor of African American and African Studies, Ohio State University
• Mr. Saer Ba, Taunton, United Kingdom
• Ms. Fabrice Baker-Livingston, Marketing Executive at Institute of Physics, Bristol, United Kingdom
• Ms. Ruth Barley, public relations and communications, Melrose, United Kingdom
• Ms. Shanaz L. Barnet, London, United Kingdom
• Ms. Adanma Onyedike Barton, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Berea College, Berea, Kentucky
• Rev. Dr. Michael D. Blackwell, Director for Multicultural Education, University of Northern Iowa, Waterloo, Iowa
• Dr. Edward Blum, Associate Professor of History, San Diego State University
• Dr. Elias K. Bongmba, President of the African Association for the Study of Religion
• Dr. Joy R. Bostic, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
• Dr. Elizabeth M. Bounds, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
• Dr. Drick Boyd, Associate Professor of Urban Studies, Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania
• Mr. William Braker, President, Jersey City National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, New Jersey
• Dr. Jocelyn Briddel, Director, Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, TN
• Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible/Homiletics, Lancaster Theological Seminary, Pennsylvania
• Dr. Nancy Bristow, Department of History, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington
• Rev. Dr. Mikael Broadway, Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics, Shaw University Divinity School, Raleigh, North Carolina
• Dr. Barbara Brown, Chairman of Hidden Brookline Committee Remarks at the Dedication of the Memorial to the Slaves Buried in Brookline’s Old Burying Ground, Brookline, Massachusetts
• Rev. Dr. Charles Brown, Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics, Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio
• Ms. Lucelle Campbell, museum and heritage specialist, Cape Town, South Africa
• Rev. Dr. Katie G. Cannon, Annie Scales Rogers Professor of Christian Ethics, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond
• Rev. Pamela Canzater-Cheney, Ohio Conference Board of Directors, United Church of Christ, Ravenna, Ohio
• Sr. Aileen Carissimi, Los Gatos, California
• Dr. Joel A. Carpenter, Director, Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
• Mr. Brian Carter, Director, Methodist Federation for Social Action, Iowa Chapter
• Dr. J. Kameron Carter, Associate Professor in Theology and Black Church Studies, Duke University Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina
• Dr. Derek Catsam, Associate Professor of History, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Odessa, Texas
• Mr. Miles Chambers, poet and radio host, Bristol, United Kingdom
• Ms. Nina Chiba, Diocesan Refugee Program Coordinator, Anglican Church of Canada, Calgary, Canada
• Rev. Wrongcliffe Chisholm, St. Philip the Deacon Anglican Church, Cape Town, South Africa
• Rev. Dr. Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology and Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA
• Rev. Steve Clunn, Coalition Coordinator, Methodist Federation for Social Action, Washington, D.C
• Mr. John Collingwood, London, United Kingdom
• Rev. Dr. Melinda Contreras-Byrd, Director, The Generations Center, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
• Rev. Dr. Pamela Cooper-White, Ben G. and Nancye Clapp Gautier Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling, Columbia Theological Seminary
• Rev Stephen Copley, Justice for Our Neighbors, Little Rock, Arkansas
• Rev. David Corcoran, Christian Peacemakers Team, Des Plaines, IL
• Dr. Emilye Crosby, Professor of History, State University of New York, Geneseo, New York
• Dr. Patricia Daley, University Lecturer in Human Geography, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom
• Rev. Fredrick Davie, Executive Vice President, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
• Ms. Judith Davis, school teacher, Poplar Bluff, Missouri
• Dr. Keri Day, Asst. Prof. of Theological and Social Ethics and Black Ch. Studies, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas
• Ms. Danielle DeLeon, postgraduate student, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
• Ms. Judith Deschamps, Executive Committee, Library Campaign, London, United Kingdom
• Rev. Mary Ellen Dolan, Interim Rector, All Saints Episcopal Church, Braine l’Alleud, Belgium
• Dr. Albert Domson-Lindsay, Head of Department of Political and Administrative Studies, University of Swaziland, Mbabane, Swaziland
• Mr. Eugene Drayton, President, Hoboken National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, New Jersey
• Rev. Irena Edgcumbe, Director of Training and Development, Stepney Area, Anglican Church, London, United Kingdom
• Mr. Gerald Edwards, Businessman, Cape Town, South Africa
• Mr. Arthur Evanchik, Assistant to the Dean, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
• Sr. Rosemary Everett, Cupertino, California
• Rosario Fernandez, Colchester, United Kingdom
• Rev. Noel P. Fernando, President, Methodist Church of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka
• Sr. Dianne Fagan, Queen of All Saints Church, Concord, California
• Rev. Dr. Mark Flowers, Pastor, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Springfield, Massachusetts
• Rev. Dr. Walter Earl Fluker, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership, Boston University
• Dr. Corinne Fowler, Lecturer in 20th Century Post-Colonial Literature, University of Leicester, United Kingdom
• Rev. Willie Francois, III, Minister of Christian Education and Discipleship, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Houston, Texas
• Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia
• Rev. John Freeman, Retired Pastor, Anglican Church of Southern Africa, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
• Dr. Mary M. Fulkerson, Professor of Theology, Duke University Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina
• Dr. Annie Gagiano, Professor Emeritus, English Department, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
• Dr. Nancy Gallagher, Professor of History and Director, Middle East Studies Program, University of California, Santa Barbara
• Dr. Cheryl A. Giles, Francis Greenwood Peabody Professor of the Practice in Pastoral Care and Counseling, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
• Rev. Ian Gilmore, Pastor, St, Andrew’s and St. George’s West Church, Church of Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
• Ms. Susan Glaser, Director, Peace Center of Palm County, Florida
• Dr. Michael Gordon, Professor of Music (Emeritus), Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
• Rev. Wendell Griffen, Pastor, New Millennium Church, Little Rock, Arkansas
• Mr. Roger Gwynn, Stroud, United Kingdom
• Dr. LaVerne Gyant, Associate Professor in Adult Higher Education and Director, Center for Black Studies, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
• Ms. Penny Haora, Researcher, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
• Mr. Vern Harden, activist, Entiat, Washington
• Mr. Peter Haresnape, Christian Peacemakers Team, Toronto, Canada
• Mr. Shiloh Harmitt, Poet and Educator, Bristol, United Kingdom
• Dr. Fredrick Harris, Professor of Political Science and Director, Institute for Research in African Amererican Studies, Columbia University, New York, New York
• Rev. Philip Hart, United Methodist Pastor, Columbus, Ohio
• Rev. Donald Hawkins, S.J., Pastor, Holy Name of Jesus Church, New Orleans, Louisiana
• Dr. Diana L. Hayes, Emerita Professor of Systematic Theology, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
• Dr. Suzette Heald, Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Lancaster, United Kingdom
• Dr. Simon Heap, Senior Programme Officer, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Oxford, United Kingdom
• Mr. Paul Heibling, Christian Peacemakers Team, Liberty Center, Ohio
• Mr. Derrick Henderson, President, Fulton County Government, Operation P.L.A.Y., Lithonia, Georgia
• Dr. Elizabeth Henry, National Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns Advisor, Church of England, London, United Kingdom
• Dr. Reginald Hildebrand, Associate Professor, African and Afro-American Studies, Univ of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
• Dr. Johnny Hill, Assoc. Professor, Philosophy and Religion and Director, Center for Faith and Public Life, Claflin University, Orangeburg SC
• Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Holmes, President, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, St. Paul, Minnesota
• Pastor Phil Jackson, The House Covenant Church, Chicago, Illinois
• Rev. Leroy James, Director of Pastoral Care, Arkansas Department of Health, Little Rock, Arkansas
• Mr. Michael Jemphrey, SIL International (Mali), resides Belfast, Ireland
• Rev. Dr. Willie Jennings, Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies, Duke University Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina
• Dr. Anne Joh, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL
• Rev. Dr. Andre Johnson, Asst. Professor of Rhetoric and Religion & Afr-Amer. Rel. Studies, Memphis Theo. Seminary
• Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson, Mott Distinguished Professor of Women’s Studies and Director of Africana Women’s Studies at Bennett College, Greensboro, North Carolina
• Rev. Dr. Arun W. Jones, Dan and Lillian Hankey Associate Professor of World Evangelism, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
• Rev. Dr. Betty R. Jones, Pastor, County Line United Methodist Church, Ellenwood, Georgia
• Dr. Cecily L. Jones, Associate Professor, Sociology Department, University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom
• Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, President, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
• Dr. Eunice Kamaara, Professor of African Christian Ethics, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya
• Ms. Anita Kanitz, activist, Stuttgart, Germany
• Ms. Linda Kelly, Nyack, New York
• Dr. David Kelsey, Luther Weigle Professor Emeritus of Theology at Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut
• Mrs. Rebecca Kiconco, Lecturer, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
• Rev. Sarah Kim, Pastor, Christ United Methodist Church of Tyrone, Pennsylvania
• Dr. Adriaan van Klinken, Theology and Religious Studies, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
• Rev. Jonathan Knight, Associate Conference Minister, Fox Valley Conference, Illinois
• Mr. Travis Knight, educator, London, United Kingdom
• Dr. Ben Knighton, Dean of Research Programme, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, Oxford, United Kingdom
• Rabbi Douglas E. Krantz, Congregation B’Nai Yisreal, Armonk, New York
• Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Kuan, Dean and Professor of Hebrew Bible, Drew Theological School, Madison, New Jersey
• Ms. Ratna Lachman, Director, JUST-West Yorkshire, Leeds, United Kingdom
• Dr. Pauline Lane, Reader in Mental Health, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, United Kingdom
• Dr. Emmanuel Lartey, Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta Georgia
• Rev. Guy Lasserre, Temple de St-Etienne, Prilly, Switzerland
• Rev. Dr. Winston Lawson, Pastor, Hillside Presbyterian Church, Decatur, Georgia
• Rev. Dr. Boyung Lee, Associate Professor of Educational Ministries, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California
• Dr. James Lemons, Hugh McK. Landon Professor of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine, and Board of Directors, Indiana University/Moi University (IU-Kenya Program)
• Rev. Dr. Kristen Leslie, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care, Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri
• Rev. Elizabeth Leung, Minister for Racial Justice, Justice and Witness Ministries, United Church of Christ
• Dr. Laura Levitt, Professor of Religion, Jewish Studies, and Gender, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
• Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey, Associate Dean, Community Life and Lifelong Learning, Boston University School of Theology, Massachusetts
• Ms. Mary Litel-Walsh, Activist, Aptos, California
• Dr. Mary A. Love, Secretary-Editor, Department of Church School Literature, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
• Ms. Angela Ludek, Radio and Television Broadcaster, Johannesburg, South Africa
• Mr. Murray Lumley, Christian Peacemakers Team, Toronto, Canada
• Rev. Dr. Wanda Lundy, Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies, New York Theological Seminary, New York, New York
• Dr. David Lutz, Assistant Professor of Business, Holy Cross College, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana
• Dr. Mokhele Madise, Associate Professor, Church history, Missiology, and Christian Spirituality, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
• Mr. Kongka Louis Makau, Pretoria, South Africa
• Dr. Jabulani Makhubele, Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work, University of Limpopo, South Africa
• Mr. Patrick Malaolu, Activist, Stirling, United Kingdom
• Dr. Lawrence Mamiya, Professor of Religion and Africana Studies on the Mattie M. Paschall Davis and Norman H. Davis Chair, Vassar College
• Dr. Madipoane J. Masenya, Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, University of South Africa
• Rev. Emmanuel Basam Masok, Pastor, Presbyterian Church, Kumba, Cameroon
• Rev. William B. McCulloch, Pastor, St. Andrew’s Church, Church of Scotland, Rome, Italy
• Pastor Clifton McMillan, First Seventh Day Adventist Church of Fairfield, Alabama
• Rev. Ezekiel Samuel Mkhwanazi, Lecturer in Philosophy, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
• Rev. Dr. Kendal Mobley, Visiting Professor of Church and Society, Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, North Carolina
• Rev. Dr. Charles Mock, Executive Secretary, Home Mission Board, National Baptist Convention USA, Inc.
• Rev. Elisha Morris, Principal, Family Life Center, Wyncote, Pennsylvania
• Dr Fulata Moyo, Program Executive for Women in Church and Society, World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland
• Rev. Dr. R. David Muir, Director, Faith in Britain, London, United Kingdom
• Rev. Canon Cyril Muller, Rector, St. James Anglican Church, Greytown, South Africa
• Rev. Dr. Larry Murphy, Professor of the History of Christianity, Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, Evanston, Illinois
• Rev. Dr. Isaac Mwase, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Ethics, Ouachita Baptist University
• Mr. Fred Mwebya, Kamapala, Uganda
• Dr. Reginald Nalugala, Ministry Research Network Centre, Nairobi, Kenya
• Dr. David John Ndegwah, Lecturer, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya
• Dr. Michael W. Newheart, Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Howard University Divinity School
• Rev. Dr. Rosalyn Nichols, Pastor, Freedom’s Chapel Christian Church, Memphis, Tennessee
• Ms. Dianne Nixon, Activist, San Leandro, California
• Rev. Dr. Nyambura Njoroge, Coordinator, Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative in Africa, Nairobi, Kenya
• Mr. Anyika Nkululeka, President, Bay Area Association of Black Social Workers, Oakland, California
• Sr. Dorothy Nolan, School Religion Coordinator, Saint Joseph Catechetical Ministry, Cupertino, California
• Rev. Sala Nolan, Minister for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, Justice and Witness Ministries, United Ch. of Christ
• Dr. Olusegun Olawoyin, Lecturer, Department of Religious Studies, University of Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
• Dr. David Olivier, Senior Lecturer, Systematic Theology, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
• Dr. Elias Opongo, Director, Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations, Nairobi, Kenya
• Dr. Deirdre Osborne, Department of Drama, Goldsmith College, University of London, United Kingdom
• Ms. Pauline Odeyemi, Nottingham, United Kingdom
• Very Rev.Gloria Payne-Carter, Dean, Central Erie Diocese, Episcopal Church, Buffalo, NY
• Dr. Jenny Plane Te Paa, Principal, Te Rau Kahikatea, College of St. John the Evangelist, Auckland, New Zealand
• Ms. Cathy Parent, Principal, St. Christopher School, Sunnyvale, California
• Bishop Carlton Pearson, New Dimensions, Chicago, Illinois
• Ms. Margaret Peters, Educator and Lifetime Achievement and Wright-Dunbar Walk of Fame Recipient, Dayton, Ohio
• Dr. Rebecca Todd Peters, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Elon University, North Carolina, and President, American Academy of Religion/Southeast Region
• Mr. Robert F. Philip, Falkirk, United Kingdom
• Rev. Dorinda Phillips, Executive Assistant to the Pastor, Oak Grove A.M.E. Church, Detroit, Michigan
• Ms. Arlene Pimentel, Director, Christian Church Foundation, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
• Rev. Darin V. Poullard, Pastor, Fort Washington Baptist Church, Fort Washington, Maryland
• Ms. Carole Powell, Christian Peacemakers Team, Morayfield, Australia
• Rev. Vertie Powers, Associate Conference Minister, Chicago Metropolitan Association, United Church of Christ, Chicago, Illinois
• Dr. Anthony Reddie, Editor, Black Theology: An International Journal, Birmingham, United Kingdom
• Dr. Teresa Redd, Professor of English and Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
• Rev. Dr. Andre Resner, Jr., Professor of Homiletics and Church Worship, Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, North Carolina
• Rev, Christophe Ringer, Pastor, Howard Congregational Church, Nashville, Tennessee
• The Honorable Kath Robinson, Deputy Lieutenant and former City Council member, Manchester, United Kingdom
• Ms. Monique Robinson, Freemont, California
• Dr. Marian Ronan, Research Professor of Catholic Studies, Center for World Christianity, New York Theo. Seminary
• Rev. Dr. Ann L. Rosewall, Senior Pastor, First Congregational Church, Evanston, Illinois
• Rev. Dr. Rosetta Ross, Professor of Religion, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia
• Rev. Dr. Keith A. Russell, Professor of Ministry Studies, New York Theological Seminary, New York, New York
• Rev. Wade Schemmel, Conference Minister, Northern Plains Conference, United Church of Christ, North Dakota
• Mr. David Schiman, Acupuncturist, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
• Dr. Muriel Schmid, Assistant Professor, Languages and Literature and Director, Religious Studies, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
• Ms. Lisa Seiwert, Director of Recruitment and Admissions, Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois
• Dr. Douglas R. Sharp, author of No Partiality: The Idolatry of Race and the New Humanity
• Professor Denise Ferreira da Silva, Chair in Ethics and Director of Centre for Ethics and Politics, Queen Mary Univ. of London, United Kingdom
• Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Assistant Professor of Religion, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
• Rev. Dr. Gary V. Simpson, Pastor, Concord Baptist Church of Christ, Brooklyn, New York
• Dr. Angela Sims, Asst. Professor of Ethics and Black Church Studies, St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Kansas
• Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith, Pastor, Advent United Church of Christ, Columbus, Ohio
• Rev. Susan Sprowls, Campus Pastor, Lord of Light Lutheran Campus Ministry, Ann Arbor, Michigan
• Mr. Cletus Stein, Director, Peace Farm of Texas, Amarillo, Texas
• Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Streets, Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Pastoral Theology, Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, CT
• Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Regional Minister and President, Pennsylvania Region, Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ)
• Rev. Dr. Kimberly Swanson-Buffie, Pastor, Neighbors in Christ Parish, Minnesota, and Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, Minneapolis, MN
• Dr. Katherine Tate, Professor of Political Science, University of California-Irvine
• Dr. Mark Lewis Taylor, Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Theology and Culture, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey
• Dr. Christopher G. Thomas, Lecturer, Sociology, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
• Dr. Kevin Thomas, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Demography, and African Studies, Penn State University, University Park, PA
• Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson, Minister for Racial Justice, National Justice and Witness Ministries, United Church of Christ
• Dr. Leon Tikly, Professor in Education and Director of Research Programme on Implementing Educational Quality in Low-Income Countries, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
• Rev. Tarah Trueblood, Director, Interfaith Center, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida
• Mr. Jeffery Turner, London, United Kingdom
• Mr. Chidi Ugwu, Lecturer, Sociology & Anthropology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
• Rev. Dr. John Vaughn, Executive Vice President, Auburn Theological Seminary, New York, New York
• Mr. Ethan Vesely-Flad, Editor, Fellowship Magazine, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Tarrytown, New York
• Rev. Michael J. Vinson, Campus Minister, Lutheran Campus Ministry, University of Minnesota-Morris
• Rev. Eileen Vizcaino, Chaplain to College Students, Church of the Covenant Presbyterian, Cleveland, Ohio
• Rev. Dr. Martin Wellings, Superintendent Minister of the Oxford Methodist Circuit, Oxford, United Kingdom
• Rev. Dr. Brian Wells, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Simmons College, Louisville, Kentucky
• Dr. Gerald O. West, Professor, School of Religion, Philosophy, & Classics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
• Rev. Maggie Whyte, Pastor, St. Steven’s Church, Church of Scotland, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
• Rev. Dr. Diane Brenda Williams, adjunct biblical studies professor, Howard University Divinity School, Washington, D.C.
• Mr. Stuart Williams, Nebraskans for Peace, Omaha, Nebraska
• Sister Rosemary Williamson, Our Lady’s Missionaries, Toronto, Canada
• Ms. Breea Willingham, Lecturer in Sociology, State University of New York, Oneonta, New York
• Dr. Leon Wilson, Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Alabama State University, Montgomery, Alabama
• Sr. Marilyn Wilson BVM, sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sunnyvale, California
• Ms. Vanessa Wilson, Executive Director, New Jersey Community Action Partnership, Trenton, New Jersey
• Rev. Cobus van Wyngaard, Research Assistant, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
• Dr. Jennifer Yanco, U.S. Director, West African Research Association, Boston, Massachusetts
• Dr. Gosnell Yorke, Professor Extraordinarius, Department of New Testament, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
• Mr. John Richard Young, East Norriton, Pennsylvania
• Ms. Doris Anne Younger, Church Women United
• Mr. Wolfgang Zeller, Coordinator, African Borderlands Research Network, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
• Rev. Thulani Zikhali, St. Paul Anglican Church, Durban, South Africa