National Weekend of Prayer To End Slavery and Trafficking Leadership
The National Weekend of Prayer to End Slavery and Trafficking is a collaborative effort representing Christians and Abolitionists from around the country. We are dedicated to uniting people of Faith from all backgrounds to address this grave injustice that transcends politics and denominational barriers, recognizing the effects it has on all walks of life.
2016 National Honorary Co-Chair
Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. descends from two of the most important names in American history: he is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington. His life until the year 2007 could be described as distinguished yet decisively disengaged from his lineage until Providence called.
Ken’s career and life path are driven by a mission to end human trafficking and all forms of servitude with a clear focus on his organization’s mission To Advance Freedom through Knowledge and Strategic Action. He could not have predicted that one day he would so fully embrace and be defined by the characteristics that so closely defined his famous ancestors.
Ken is President of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI), a public charity that endeavors to create a modern Abolitionist Movement in schools all over the country through the vehicle of Service-Learning curricula called History, Human Rights and the Power of One. Some of the work done by Ken and the organization since 2008 include: reaching approximately 60,000 middle and high school students through the Frederick Douglass Dialogues Tour; appearing on television, radio and in newspaper articles (including CNN, Newsweek Video, PBS, NPR, The Tavis Smiley Show, The Bev Smith Show, the Washington Post, USA Today and The CBS Evening News), creating the Abolition Day Project allowing students to bring awareness of human trafficking to millions of people all over the United States and initiating HR 929, the House Resolution to recognize Abolition Day internationally as well as the work of Frederick Douglass and FDFI toward ending slavery.
In addition, Ken has given lectures about his family history at universities all over the country including Columbia University, Morehouse College, Kennesaw State, UNLV, Tuskegee University, Loyola University Chicago and Yale University. Ken appeared in the National Geographic documentary Civil Warriors commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War and he appeared in the 2015 History Channel documentary Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the war. Ken recently contributed the afterword to Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century’s Most Photographed American to be published November 2015 (Authors: John Stauffer, Zoe Trodd, Celeste-Marie Bernier with a foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W. W. Norton & Company, 2015). Ken is honored to have been a keynote speaker at the United Nations on several occasions.
Ken is an Adjunct Professor at the University of La Verne. He received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of La Verne January, 2012. In June 2012, he received the National Park Services Network To Freedom Underground Railroad Frederick Douglass Legacy Award. He is the first recipient to receive this recognition. In January 2014, Ken was awarded the Women’s E-News 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism. He is the first male recipient to be honored with this prestigious award.
2015 National Honorary Co-Chairs
Dr. Joel C. Hunter is senior pastor of Northland, A Church Distributed, a congregation of 20,000 based in Central Florida that worships worldwide via the Web. A longtime bridge-builder who seeks common ground for the common good, Dr. Hunter has become an internationally known spokesperson for a wide range of issues outlined in Scripture, from sanctity of life and creation care, to justice, poverty, and marriage and the family. He serves on the boards of the World Evangelical Alliance and the National Association of Evangelicals, and is a spiritual advisor to President Barack Obama.
Linda Smith is a leader in the global movement to end sex trafficking. In 1998, while serving in the U.S. Congress, Linda traveled to a notorious brothel district in India where the hopeless faces of women and children forced into prostitution compelled Linda to found Shared Hope International. Linda is the primary author of From Congress to the Brothel and Renting Lacy and co-author of The National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and the DEMAND. Report. Linda has testified before Congress, presented at national and international forums, and has been published in news outlets and journals. Linda served as a Washington State legislator (1983-93), before she was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1994.
Tomas Lares is the founder and Director of Florida Abolitionist, and co-founder and chair of the Greater Orlando Area Human Trafficking Task Force. He’s also the Director and co-founder of the National Weekend of Prayer to End Slavery and Trafficking. A nationally recognized voice for the Abolitionist movement, and a front-line responder Tomas has been actively working to end Modern Day Slavery since 2004.
Dai Sup Han is the co-founder of the National Weekend of Prayer to End Slavery and Trafficking, and national facilitator of Prayer Surge NOW!. He is a former L.A. High School teacher and recently served on staff with YWAM, Chico, California. Dai Sup, with years of ministry experience with various ages, cultures and denominations, has passion for authentic revival through prayer and unity in the Body of Christ.
Mike Bartel serves the National Weekend of Prayer to End Slavery and Trafficking through Public Relations, Mobilization and Awareness. He is the founder and Director of F.R.E.E. International, an organization dedicated to ending Modern Day Slavery.
Dr. Tomi Grover is the Director of Human Trafficking Educational Initiative: TraffickStop, Technical Trainer at the Department of Justice, Office of Victims of Crime, adjunct professor at Howard Payne University, Speaker and Author of the book Compelled.
Nita Belles is the author of In Our Backyard, and serves as the Central Oregon Regional Director for Oregonians Against Trafficking Humans. (OATH). Nita focuses on helping victims/survivors of human trafficking and raising awareness about modern-day slavery.
Ric Lumbard is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the WFM Missions base. An international missional organization that includes the National Trafficking in Persons Identification Program. (lTIP-ID) Providing training and leadership in client services with a focus on the restorative process for victims of Human Trafficking and sever abuse. He also serves as executive leadership to the State of Iowa’s Communication Network (ICN). Bringing strategic vision and leadership to one of the most developed and technologically advanced state networks in the nation.
Mark Gonzales is the founder of United States Hispanic Action Network and the U.S. Hispanic Prayer Network. He’s also the President and founder of Standing For Truth Foundation, which exists to see all citizens, especially, people of faith, engaged in the civic arena and exercising their God given right to vote from a Biblical worldview, as it continues to take a stand for Biblical principles throughout America.
Dr. Anthony D. Davis Sr., is the Senior Pastor and Founder of No Limit Ministries in Titusville, FL. In addition to ministry work, he is very active in the community serving as the Chairman of the Orange County Domestic Violence Task Force and the East Coast Human Trafficking Task Force, Orange County Domestic Violence Commission, Orange County Fatality Review Committee, Board Chairman for the Florida Abolitionist. He also sits on the Board of Advisors for the Harbor House, is the Board Chair for the not for profit company Abuse Intervention Monitoring, and the Vice Chair of the Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force. He is an author of two books and public speaker. Dr Davis, is a former Air Force Special Agent who investigated hundreds of cases, and Circuit Court Investigator. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology, a MBA in Executive Leadership, and an Honorary Degree in Divinity. He is married to Charlayne Davis and has three adult children.
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is last year’s Honorary Chairman of the National Weekend of Pryaer to End Slavery and Trafficking, and the Current President of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (Hispanic Evangelical Association). Rodriguez leads an organization identified as the Hispanic faith leaders in support of Life, Family, Great Commission, Stewardship, Education, Justice and Youth. Rodriguez also serves as Senior Pastor of New Season Christian Worship Center in Sacramento, CA.
Robin Reid is the Director of Freedom’s Light and serves on the Northern Indiana Human Trafficking Task Force.