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Civil Rights and Religion: Forgotten Father Divine

  • Washington National Cathedral 3101 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20016 United States (map)

Despite his having over a million followers around the world in his heyday, Father Divine's story remains largely unknown. Father's Kingdom hopes to change that. During the Great Depression, Divine’s International Peace Mission established a series of cash-only businesses and hotels where anyone in need could live, get food, and find work. He was also a staunch advocate for anti-lynching laws and desegregation, and used the Mission to promote these causes.

Participants: Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean of Episcopal Divinity School, Union Theological Seminary; Lenny Feinberg, filmmaker, Father’s Kingdom; Rev. Dr. Leonard L. Hamlin Sr., National Cathedral, Sheena Wright, President & CEO, United Way of New York

Moderator: Pat Lawson Muse, NBC4

Special Guest: Rev. Paul Smith, veteran Civil Rights activist and friend of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Andrew Young

In partnership with the Washington National Cathedral and NBC4

Director: Lenny Feinberg