Commemorating Juneteenth and the values of Frederick Douglass this Saturday.


Commemorating Juneteenth and the values of Frederick Douglass this Saturday.

Douglass Leadership Institute hosts a forum on Strengthening the Black Family.

Orlando, FL – June 16, 2016

The famous abolitionist, Frederick Douglass is quoted as saying: “It is easier to build strong children, than to repair broken men.”

“This is one of my favorite quotes by Frederick Douglass.” says Rev. Dean Nelson, Chairman of the Douglass Leadership Institute.  The Douglass Leadership Institute (DLI) is a new 501c(3) organization launched this year with the express purpose of educating, equipping and empowering faith-based leaders to embrace and apply biblical principles to life and in the marketplace.

Nelson continues, “This upcoming forum in Orlando, on Strengthening the Black Family, is one that has been well received by faith communities in other areas along the east coast. While we are saddened by the tragedy last Sunday, it compels us even more to press on.  Violence will not take our voice.”

Saturday’s activities will take place at Victorious Living Fellowship @ 250 N. Ivey Ln.  The Pastors’ Only Breakfast and Discussion is from 8:30am – 10am.  John Stemberger – President & General Counsel of the Florida Family Policy Council will be the main speaker for this session. He will also be a panelist for the second session.

The Strengthening the Black Family Forum from 10:30am – 2pm is free and open to the public.  A free lunch will be served but you must register online by  Friday June 17th at 12 noon to reserve a meal.  Panelist for the session include: Martin Brown – Sr. Policy Analyst for DLI ; Pastor William Andrews – Sr. Pastor of The Heart of Mercy Community Church and Executive Director of Mercy Drive Ministries; Nandi Randolph – a community advocate with Florida Family Policy Council and John Stemberger.  Both events will be emceed by Gerard Henry, former BET host of ‘Lift Every Voice’.

As a resident and community stakeholder, Mr. Stemberger shared his thoughts about the forum, “In light of the recent tragedies in Orlando many people are asking what can I do to help and make a difference in our community.   This conference is a way we can all come together as a community of pastors and faith leaders to focus on a positive goal to help build and strengthen one of the most truly disadvantaged segments of Central Florida.”

Registration information can be found at and .


Regina Roundtree – Communications, DLI



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