Rivers to keynote MLK Day 2020 at Brookland Baptist Church

Nelson B. Rivers III

Civil rights leader Nelson B. Rivers III will be the keynote speaker for the Brookland Baptist Brotherhood and NABCJ’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on January 18, 2020 at 9 a.m.

The Very Reverend Bishop Frederick C. James, Retired, will be awarded the Brookland Baptist Brotherhood Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Medallion.

The Let’s Keep the Dream Alive! breakfast will be held in the Brookland Banquet and Conference Center, 1045 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia, SC 29169. Tickets are $20.

The breakfast is sponsored by the Brookland Baptist Brotherhood and the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ).

The theme, “Remembering Our Past. Defining Our Future,” acknowledges the continued struggle for civil and human rights, and the importance of devising strategies for the future, according to Dr. O’Neal Smalls, one of the organizers.

“This is no ordinary time! Our values and government are being challenged,” Dr. Smalls noted.

The Rev. Rivers is pastor of Charity Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston. He has worked at every level of the NAACP including president, North Charleston Branch; executive director, South Carolina State Conference; director, Southeast Region; chief national operating officer; chief of field operations; and vice president of Stakeholder Relations.

His civil rights work led to the first-time election of more than 300 African Americans to public offices in South Carolina between 1986 and 1994. He was a leading organizer of the largest civil rights demonstration in the history of South Carolina when over 50,000 marched on the State Capitol in January 2000 to demand the removal of the Confederate Flag. After 15 years of persistent protest, Rev. Rivers was present when on July 10, 2015 the Confederate Battle Flag was removed from the front of the South Carolina State Capitol building.

Bishop James served as president of the Sumter Branch of the NAACP and founded the first government subsidized housing project in South Carolina. He was responsible for securing the accreditation of Allen University, a Historically Black College, and was a member of President Bill Clinton’s delegation to Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as President of South Africa.

For tickets, contact O’Neal Smalls at 803-776-8072; George Glymph at 803-772-2884; or H.S. Tate at 803 360 3856.

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