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The “People’s Pastor” Joins Freedom’s Feast!

Fighting for freedom calls for all hands on deck. Over 25 faith leaders, social activists, and artists will join us at Freedom’s Feast on April 4th, including these two extraordinary role models:
Rev. Herbert Daughtry
and Stosh Cotler

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity –
RESERVE YOUR TICKETS now before we sell out!




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Born in 1931, pastor and activist Rev. Daughtry is the fourth generation of ministers in his family. Currently National Presiding Minister of The House of the Lord Churches, he has previously served as Chairman of the National Black United Front as well as Founder and President of the African People’s Christian Organization.  More than 50 years of involvement in church and community service, alongside such visionaries as Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Rev. Al Sharpton, has earned him the title, “The People’s Pastor.” 

Rev. Daughtry’s long career of activism began with the civil rights struggles in the 1950s working with Brooklyn CORE and Operation Breadbasket, and continued in the fight for community control of schools in the late 1960s. Reverend Daughtry has previously served as Chair of the New York Citywide African-American Clergy Council, African American Clergy and Elected Officials, and the Association of Brooklyn Clergy for Community Development, which built and renovated more than 500 units of housing for low- and middle-income families in Brooklyn.


screen_shot_2014-01-09_at_1.25.23_pmStosh Cotler is the Chief Executive Officer of Bend the Arc, with twenty years of leadership experience as an educator, trainer, and organizer within social and economic justice movements. The Jewish Daily Forward featured Ms. Cotler in the publication’s
 14 Jewish Women To Watch in 2014 and again in the annual Forward 50 list of American Jews who have had the most impact on the national conversation.
Previously, as Jewish Funds for Justice’s Vice President of Leadership Initiatives, Ms. Cotler developed and directed Bend the
Arc’s influential 
Selah Leadership Program, which has trained over 300 leaders, including over 60 executive directors, in practicing transformative leadership for progressive change. She also managed other JFSJ projects and initiatives in the field of transformative leadership and community organizing. Ms. Cotler currently serves on the Leadership Team of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, whose success in part can be attributed to the impact of the Selah Leadership Program.