Lawmakers to host clergy roundtable

Lawmakers to host clergy roundtable
May 26
00:00 2013

The North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus Foundation will hold a panel discussion featuring prominent members of the clergy on Friday, June 14 during its annual (legislative) weekend.

Rev. Dr. John Mendez

Rev. Dr. John Mendez

It will take place from 9-11 a.m. at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Conference Center, 4700 Emperor Blvd. in Research Triangle Park/Durham.
The panelists will address the topic, “What is the Role of the Clergy and the Church in Shaping Public Policy?” Winston-Salem’s Dr. John Mendez, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, will join Dr. William Turner, pastor of Mount Level Missionary Baptist Church and professor of the Practice of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School and Rev. BT Cornelius, pastor of Bryant Chapel AME Zion Church of New Bern District, for the discussion.

A Networking Luncheon/Opening Session will follow the discussion at noon. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III,  pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, will deliver the keynote address.

At 7 p.m., U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, a Democrat who represents the 43rd District of California, will give the keynote address at the William L. Wainwright Scholarship Banquet.

Admission to the panel discussion is free and open to the public, but registration is required at or by calling 919-715-5723. Tickets to the luncheon are $25; banquet tickets are $50. RSVP and register for those events at

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