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 A Petition to End Persistent Forms of Black Enslavement

February 2013

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; Univ. 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


INDIVIDUAL ENDORSERS (partial list as of March  2013):

Officials of Ecclesiastical and Religious Institutions, Organizations, and Networks:

Dr. Paul Alexander, Founder, Pentecostals & Charismatics for Peace & Justice, and Co-President Elect, Evangelicals
for Social Action
Rev. Dr. Geoffrey A. Black, General Minister and President, United Church of Christ
Dr. Elias K. Bongmba, President of the African Association for the Study of Religion
Rev. Noel P. Fernando, President, Methodist Church of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Rev. Dr. Walter Arthur McCray, President, National Black Evangelical Association
Rev. Dr. Charles Mock, Executive Secretary, Home Mission Board, National Baptist Convention USA, Inc.
Rev. Dr. Tyrone Pitts, President/CEO, Bridges International and Ecumenical Officer, Progressive National Baptist Convention
Dr. Ramesh Rao, Member, Executive Council, Hindu American Foundation
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, Trustee, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, and Vice Chair, Kwame Nkrumah Academy, Chicago, Illinois

Executives in Higher Education:

Rev. Dr. Albert J. D. Aymer, President and Professor of New Testament, Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, NC
Rev. Dr. Nick Carter, President, Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, Massachusetts
Rev. Fredrick Davie, Executive Vice President, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia
Rev. Dr. Forrest Harris, President, American Baptist College
Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Holmes, President, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, St. Paul, Minnesota
Rev. Dr. Dale Irvin, President, New York Theological Seminary
Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, President, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Kuan, Dean and Professor of Hebrew Bible, Drew Theological School, Madison, New Jersey
Dr. Jenny Plane Te Paa, Principal, Te Rau Kahikatea, College of St. John the Evangelist, Auckland, New Zealand
Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard, III, Dean, Howard University School of Divinity
Rev. Dr. John Vaughn, Executive Vice President, Auburn Theological Seminary, New York, New York
Dr. Leon Wilson, Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Alabama State University
Rev. Dr. Brian Wells, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Simmons College, Louisville, Kentucky

Organizational and Divisional Directors:

Rev. Dr. Michael D. Blackwell, Director for Multicultural Education, University of Northern Iowa, Waterloo, Iowa
Rev. Derrick Boykin, African Amer. Voices for Africa, and African Amer. Leadership Outreach, Bread for the World
Mr. William Braker, President, Jersey City National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, New Jersey
Dr. Jocelyn Briddel, Director, Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, Tennessee
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
Mr. Maurice Carney, Friends of the Congo, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Joel A. Carpenter, Director, Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
Mr. Brian Carter, Director, Methodist Federation for Social Action, Iowa Chapter
Rev. Pamela Canzater-Cheney, Ohio Conference Board of Directors, United Church of Christ, Ravenna, Ohio
Ms. Nina Chiba, Diocesan Refugee Program Coordinator, Anglican Church of Canada, Calgary, Canada
Rev. Steve Clunn, Coalition Coordinator, Methodist Federation for Social Action, Washington, D.C.
Rev. Stephen Copley, Justice for Our Neighbors, Little Rock, AK
Rev. Dr. Melinda Contreras-Byrd, Director, The Generations Center, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Mr. Eugene Drayton, President, Hoboken National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, New Jersey
Dr. Simon Heap, Senior Programme Officer, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Oxford, United Kingdom
Dr. Ben Knighton, Dean of Research Programme, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, Oxford, United Kingdom
Dr. R. Simangaliso Kumala, Director, Research and Postgraduate Studies, Ujamaa Centre, Univ. of KwaZulu-Natal
Rev. Elizabeth Leung, Minister for Racial Justice, Justice and Witness Ministries, United Church of Christ
Dr. Mary A. Love, Secretary-Editor, Dept. of Church School Literature, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Rev. Waltrina N. Middleton, Minister for Youth Advocacy and Leadership Formation, United Church of Christ
Rev. Elisha Morris, Principal, Family Life Center, Wyncote, Pennsylvania
Dr Fulata Moyo, Prog. 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. 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
Rev. Sala Nolan, Minister for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, Justice and Witness Ministries, United Ch. of Christ
Very Rev.Gloria Payne-Carter, Dean, Central Erie Diocese, Episcopal Church, Buffalo, NY
Ms. Arlene Pimentel, Director, Christian Church Foundation, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
Rev. Vertie Powers, Associate Conference Minister, Chicago Metropolitan Association, United Church of Christ
Rev. Wade Schemmel, Conference Minister, Northern Plains Conference, United Church of Christ, North Dakota
Mr. Cletus Stein, Director, Peace Farm of Texas, Amarillo, Texas
Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Regional Minister and President, Pennsylvania Region, Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ)
Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson, Minister for Racial Justice, National Justice and Witness Min., United Chu. of Christ
Rev. Dr. Martin Wellings, Superintendent Minister of the Oxford Methodist Circuit, Oxford, United Kingdom

Persons in Pastoral Ministry and Religious Vocation:

Pastor Rachel Young Binter, Lutheran Campus Ministry, Milwaukee Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Amer.
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
Sr. Aileen Carissimi, Los Gatos, California
Rev. Wrongcliffe Chisholm, St. Philip the Deacon Anglican Church, Cape Town, South Africa
Rev. Dr. Delman Coates, Senior Pastor, Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, Clinton, Maryland
Rev. Dr. Mark A. Dennis, Jr., Senior Pastor, Second Baptist Church, Evanston, IL, and Moderator, Evanston Pastors’ Fellowship
Rev. Mary Ellen Dolan, Interim Rector, All Saints Episcopal Church, Braine l’Alleud, Belgium
Sr. Rosemary Everett, Cupertino, California
Sr. Dianne Fagan, Queen of All Saints Church, Concord, California
Rev. Dr. Mark Flowers, Pastor, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Springfield, Massachusetts
Rev. John Freeman, Retired Pastor, Anglican Church of Southern Africa, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Rev. Wendell Griffen, Pastor, New Millennium Church, Little Rock, Arkansas
Rev. Philip Hart, United Methodist Pastor, Columbus, Ohio
Rev. Donald Hawkins, S.J., Pastor, Holy Name of Jesus Church, New Orleans, Louisiana
Rev. Dr. Bernice Powell Jackson, Pastor, First United Church of Tampa UCC, Tampa, Florida
Pastor Phil Jackson, The House Covenant Church, Chicago, Illinois
Rev. Leroy James, Director of Pastoral Care, Arkansas Department of Health, Little Rock, Arkansas
Rev. Dr. Betty R. Jones, Pastor, County Line United Methodist Church, Ellenwood, Georgia
Rev. Sarah Kim, Pastor, Christ United Methodist Church of Tyrone, Pennsylvania
Rev. Jonathan Knight, Associate Conference Minister, Fox Valley Conference, Illinois
Rabbi Douglas E. Krantz, Congregation B’Nai Yisreal, Armonk, New York
Rev. Guy Lasserre, Temple de St-Etienne, Prilly, Switzerland
Rev. Dr. Winston Lawson, Pastor, Hillside Presbyterian Church, Decatur, Georgia
Rev. Emmanuel Basam Masok, Pastor, Presbyterian Church, Kumba, Cameroon
Pastor Clifton McMillan, First Seventh Day Adventist Church of Fairfield, Alabama
Rev. Otis Moss, III, Senior Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, Illinois
Rev. Canon Cyril Muller, Rector, St. James Anglican Church, Greytown, South Africa
Rev. Dr. Rosalyn Nichols, Pastor, Freedom’s Chapel Christian Church, Memphis, Tennessee
Sr. Dorothy Nolan, School Religion Coordinator, Saint Joseph Catechetical Ministry, Cupertino, California
Bishop Carlton Pearson, New Dimensions, Chicago, Illinois
Rev. Dorinda Phillips, Executive Assistant to the Pastor, Oak Grove A.M.E. Church, Detroit, Michigan
Rev. Darin V. Poullard, Pastor, Fort Washington Baptist Church, Fort Washington, Maryland
Rev. Dr. Ann L. Rosewall, Senior Pastor, First Congregational Church, Evanston, Illinois
Rev. Dr. Gary V. Simpson, Pastor, Concord Baptist Church of Christ, Brooklyn, New York
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
Rev. Dr. Kimberly Swanson-Buffie, Pastor, Neighbors in Christ Parish, Minnesota, and Doctor of Chiropractic Med.
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
Sr. Rosemary Williamson, Our Lady’s Missionaries, Toronto, Canada
Sr. Marilyn Wilson BVM, sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sunnyvale, California
Rev. Thulani Zikhali, St. Paul Anglican Church, Durban, South Africa
Higher Education Faculty, Staff, and Student Organizational Representatives:

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
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
Dr. Torin D. Alexander, Assistant Professor of Religion, St. Olafs College, Northfield, Minnesota
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
Dr. Curtis Austin, Associate Professor of African American and African Studies, Ohio State University
Ms. Adanma Onyedike Barton, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Berea College, Berea, Kentucky
Dr. Edward Blum, Associate Professor of History, San Diego State University
Dr. Joy R. Bostic, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Dr. Elizabeth Bounds, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta
Dr. Drick Boyd, Associate Professor of Urban Studies, Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania
Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible/Homiletics, Lancaster Theo. 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, NC
Rev. Dr. Charles Brown, Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics, Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio
Rev. Dr. Katie G. Cannon, Annie Scales Rogers Professor of Christian Ethics, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond
Dr. J. Kameron Carter, Associate Professor in Theology and Black Church Studies, Duke University Divinity School
Dr. Derek Catsam, Associate Professor of History, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Odessa, Texas
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, Massachusetts
Rev. David Corcoran, Christian Peacemakers Team, Des Plaines, Illinois
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
Ms. Danielle DeLeon, postgraduate student, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Dr. Albert Domson-Lindsay, Head of Dept. of Political and Administrative Studies, University of Swaziland
Mr. Arthur Evanchik, Assistant to the Dean, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Rev. Dr. Walter Earl Fluker, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership, Boston University
Rev. Willie Francois, III, Minister of Christian Education and Discipleship, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Houston
Dr. Annie Gagiano, Professor Emeritus, English Department, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Dr. Nancy Gallagher, Prof. of History and Director, Middle East Studies Program, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
Dr. LaVerne Gyant, Associate Professor in Adult Higher Education and Director, Center for Black Studies, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
Dr. Cheryl A. Giles, Francis Greenwood Peabody Professor of the Practice in Pastoral Care and Counseling, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Dr. Michael Gordon, Professor of Music (Emeritus), Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Ms. Penny Haora, Researcher, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Dr. Fredrick Harris, Professor of Political Science and Director, Institute for Research in Afr. Amer. Studies, Columbia University, New York, New York
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. 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 Univ.
Rev. Dr. Willie Jennings, Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies, Duke University Divinity School
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, Atlanta, Georgia
Dr. Cecily L. Jones, Associate Professor, Sociology Department, University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom
Dr. Eunice Kamaara, Professor of African Christian Ethics, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya
Mrs. Rebecca Kiconco, Lecturer, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Dr. Adriaan van Klinken, Theology and Religious Studies, University of 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 U.
Rev. Dr. Boyung Lee, Associate Professor of Educational Ministries, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA
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
Dr. Laura Levitt, Professor of Religion, Jewish Studies, and Gender, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey, Associate Dean, Community Life and Lifelong Learning, Boston Univ. Sch. of Theology
Rev. Dr. Wanda Lundy, Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies, New York Theological Seminary, New York, NY
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, Univ. of South Africa
Mr. Kongka Louis Makau, Pretoria, South Africa
Dr. Jabulani Makhubele, Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work, University of Limpopo, South Africa
Dr. Lawrence Mamiya, Professor of Religion and Africana Studies on the Mattie M. Paschall Davis and Norman H. Davis Chair, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
Dr. Madipoane J. Masenya, Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, University of South Africa
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, NC
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
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
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
Dr. Rebecca Todd Peters, Assoc. Prof. of Religious Studies, Elon University, North Carolina, and President, American Academy of Religion/Southeast Region
Dr. Teresa Redd, Prof. of English and Director, Center. for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Anthony Reddie, Editor, Black Theology: An International Journal, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Rev. Dr. Andre Resner, Jr., Professor of Homiletics and Church Worship, Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, NC
Dr. Marian Ronan, Research Professor of Catholic Studies, Center for World Christianity, New York Theo. Seminary
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, NY
Dr. Muriel Schmid, Assistant Professor, Languages and Literature and Director, Religious Studies, University of Utah
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
Dr. Angela Sims, Asst. Professor of Ethics and Black Church Studies, St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, KS
Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Streets, Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Pastoral Theology, Yale University Divinity School
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
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
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
Rev. Dr. Rothney Tshaka, Chair, Department of Philosophy and Systematic Theology, University of South Africa
Mr. Chidi Ugwu, Lecturer, Sociology & Anthropology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
Dr. Gerald O. West, Professor, School of Religion, Philosophy, & Classics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Rev. Dr. Pamela Cooper-White, Ben G. and Nancye Clapp Gautier Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling, Columbia Theological Seminary
Rev. Dr. Diane Brenda Williams, adjunct biblical studies professor, Howard University Divinity School, Wash., D.C.
Ms. Breea Willingham, Lecturer in Sociology, State University of New York, Oneonta, New York
Rev. Cobus van Wyngaard, Research Assistant, University of 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
Mr. Wolfgang Zeller, Coordinator, African Borderlands Research Network, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Community Activists:

Mr. Ali Ahmed, Lawyer, London, United Kingdom
Mr. Rohan Alexander, London, United Kingdom
Mr. Marcus Armstrong, activist, Trident Plowshares, United Kingdom
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. Lucelle Campbell, museum and heritage specialist, Cape Town, South Africa
Mr. Miles Chambers, poet and radio host, Bristol, United Kingdom
Mr. John Collingwood, London, United Kingdom
Ms. Judith Deschamps, Executive Committee, Library Campaign, London, United Kingdom
Mr. Gerald Edwards, Businessman, Cape Town, South Africa
Rosario Fernandez, Colchester, United Kingdom
Mr. Roger Gwynn, Stroud, United Kingdom
Mr. Peter Haresnape, Christian Peacemakers Team, Toronto, Canada
Mr. Shiloh Harmitt, Poet and Educator, Bristol, United Kingdom
Mr. Vern Harden, activist, Entiat, Washington
Mr. Paul Heibling, Christian Peacemakers Team, Liberty Center, Ohio
Mr. Derrick Henderson, President, Fulton County Government, Operation P.L.A.Y., Lithonia, Georgia
Mr. Michael Jemphrey, SIL International (Mali), resides Belfast, Ireland
Mr. Travis Knight, educator, London, United Kingdom
Ms. Ratna Lachman, Director, JUST-West Yorkshire, Leeds, United Kingdom
Ms. Mary Litel-Walsh, Activist, Aptos, California
Ms. Angela Ludek, Radio and Television Broadcaster, Johannesburg, South Africa
Mr. Murray Lumley, Christian Peacemakers Team, Toronto, Canada
Mr. Patrick Malaolu, Activist, Stirling, United Kingdom
Mr. Fred Mwebya, Kamapala, Uganda
Ms. Dianne Nixon, Activist, San Leandro, California
Ms. Cathy Parent, Principal, St. Christopher School, Sunnyvale, California
Ms. Margaret Peters, Educator and Lifetime Achievement and Wright-Dunbar Walk of Fame Recipient, Dayton, Ohio
Mr. Robert F. Philip, Falkirk, United Kingdom
Ms. Carole Powell, Christian Peacemakers Team, Morayfield, Australia
The Honorable Kath Robinson, Deputy Lieutenant and former City Council member, Manchester, United Kingdom
Mr. Jeffery Turner, London, United Kingdom
Mr. Stuart Williams, Nebraskans for Peace, Omaha, Nebraska
Ms. Doris Anne Younger, Church Women United

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