SPEAKER: Rev. John L. Selders, Jr.

The Right Reverend Doctor John L. Selders, Jr. is a co-founder, with his wife Pamela Selders, of Moral Monday CT and the Poor Peoples’ Campaign Connecticut. Both organizations gather voices in the struggle for freedom and justice for black and brown people. Rev. Selders is an ordained minister serving in the United Church of Christ, and is the Organizing Pastor of Amistad United Church of Christ, Hartford, CT. He is a former Associate College Chaplain and the current Assistant Dean of Students at Trinity College, Hartford, CT. For 15 years, he served as Executive Director of Zezzo House (an 18 unit housing project) in Hartford, CT.

Rev. Selders has traveled across the country speaking, lecturing and conducting workshops in the areas of race, oppression and reproductive justice. He is a teacher, lecturer, workshop leader, an HIV/AIDS educator and activist with numerous citations for his work. Rev. Selders worked for 12 years as a Lecturer at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT., Adjunct Faculty Member in the Field Education Department of Andover Newton Theological School, Dean of Urban Ministry Track for The Anglican Divinity School ,and is an adjunct faculty member for The Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education. 

Moral Monday CT, a grassroots statewide organization is committed to a wide range of social justice issues. It was started in response to the Reverend Doctor William Barber’s Moral Monday movement in North Carolina in which the recent restrictions on voting rights was a focus. In 2018, Rev. Selders co-founded the new Poor Peoples Campaign-CT, the topic of his talk at the Blue Wave Fest.

The Poor People’s Campaign-CT (A National Call for Moral Revival)  is rooted in the social justice and civil rights movement of Dr. Martin Luther King, whose original Poor People’s Campaign was formed in 1968 with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Sparked by an effort to link economic justice issues with national priorities, the new Poor People’s Campaign-CT is a statewide Connecticut-based coalition of individuals and organizations brought together by the power of the Black Lives Matter movement.

To learn more about both the Moral Monday CT movement and the Poor People’s Campaign in CT, visit Rev. Selder’s website:  https://moralmondayct.org

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