Amaechi, Others To Headline 2nd Annual Black Church Summit

By Off The BASN Sports Wire
Updated: March 3, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Newly out-as-gay former NBA player, John Amaechi will make a special guest appearance at the National Black Justice Coalition’s, 2nd Annual Black Church Summit reception on Friday, March 9, 2007 at 7:30pm.

The event will be held at the Holiday Inn at 400 Arch Street in Philadelphia and is open to the public. Amaechi will speak about his closeted-gay experience in the NBA as well as his eventual spiritual and sexual reconciliation.

Amaechi will also entertain questions from the audience about his life experiences, his newly published book, “Man In The Middle”, and his future.

The next morning on Saturday, March 10, the Black Church Summit will officially convene with scholar, theologian, and radio personality, Rev. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and motivational speaker, activist and church pastor, Rev. Deborah L. Johnson of Santa Cruz, CA.

The Summit will be held at the historic Mother Bethel AME Zion Church at 419 S. 6th Street in Philadelphia.

From 9:00am- 5pm, the entire day will be filled with workshops, keynote speeches, as well as a lively debate about homosexuality and the Black Church between Rev. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Bishop Harry Jackson, Chairman of the High-Impact Leadership Coalition.

Some of the topics covered during the summit will include how to build effective HIV ministries; how to create gay affirming congregations in order to end spiritual homophobia; how to interpret scripture in regards to homosexuality; plus a special youth mentoring track focusing upon Black youth 25 years old and under.

In addition, two different church choirs and soloists will provide spiritual inspiration and entertainment for some 300 people expected to attend the Summit from across the nation. “This will be a monumental weekend for Black church communities from across America and the world” says H. Alexander Robinson, NBJC Executive Director/CEO.

“The strategies learned at the Summit will be taken back to individual churches and effectively implemented within their local communities. We are very proud that NBJC is able to host this event becoming the instrumental catalyst for such dynamic cultural and socioeconomic change” Robinson added.

NOTE: To register for the 2nd Annual Black Church Summit, visit .