It was attorney General Ellison who successfully prosecuted Derek Chauvin and won a guilty verdict on all counts. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22 1/2 years for the murder of George Floyd.  (Photo by Lorie Shaull/keithellison.org) 
   

 

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The Social Justice Conference is an annual event at Hartford Church, and attracts some of the most prominent speakers in the county. Register at the door, donation $25. For more information visit the website at www.hmbcdetroit.org or call (313) 861-1285 

  Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison to headline 2021 Hartford Social Justice Conference

DETROIT - Hartford Memorial Baptist Church (HMBC) will host the 2021 Social Justice Conference on October 15, October 16 and October 17 at Hartford Church. The keynote speaker on Saturday October 16 at 2 pm will be well known Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. AG Ellison was thrust into the spotlight when Televised videos of the murder of George Floyd by a Minnesota police officer caused summer long demonstrations across the country. It was Attorney General Ellison who successfully prosecuted Derek Chauvin and won a guilty verdict on all counts. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22 1/2 years for the murder of George Floyd.

Ellison comments, “there was no "magic number" he was hoping for in the sentence. It was less than the 30 years he had asked for but more than what is outlined in state guidelines, which call for around 12 1/2 years for second-degree unintentional murder.

"What really was in my mind is the enormity of the moment and the fact that finally somebody was being held accountable for what happened to George Floyd," Ellison tells Noel King on NPR's Morning Edition. Ellison was sworn in as Minnesota’s 30th attorney general on January 7, 2019. He is a native Detroiter with family still in the Detroit area.

The conference theme this year is The Church and Social Justice. “We will be attempting to bring an awareness to the role of the Church, how it was, and why it still should be, in the forefront of seeking equality and justice for all. While highlighting the legacy of HMBC’s involvement in the Civil Rights movement,” said Johnny Northern, HMBC Trustee and Conference coordinator. Moderator, Rev. Dr. Charmaine Johnson.

“The entire world witnessed the murder of an unarmed Black man by a white police officer, said Reverend Charles C. Adams, Senior Pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptist church. “The Minnesota Attorney General led the prosecution of Derek Chauvin but we held our collective breath until the verdict, guilty on all counts. Keith Ellison who led that prosecution is keynote speaker for the Hartford Social Justice Annual Conference. … the fight is ongoing. Hartford was founded in 1917 and has led this fight throughout its history.”

Dr. Angela D. Dillard will be the luncheon speaker for this spectacular event. "A Different Shade of Freedom," Dillard's current manuscript-in-progress, is a book that responds to our hyper-partisan age in which the way we write, understand, and consume history has become a pressing issue within contemporary American political culture.

The Social Justice Conference is an annual event at Hartford Church, and attracts some of the most prominent speakers in the county. Register at the door, donation $25. For more information visit the website at www.hmbcdetroit.org or call (313) 861-1285

 

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