Black Theology and Leadership Institute
Princeton Theological Seminary
Celebrate our 5th Anniversary.
ABOUT THE REUNION
On July 21 & 22, Princeton Seminary looks forward to convening and hosting you and your Black Theology and Leadership Institute cohorts for the 5th Annual BTLI. From our inaugural class to today, we have enjoyed growing, learning, and leading with you in your various ministries. Join us in July and meet new people and a group of 50 new fellows!
LODGING AND TRANSPORTATION
Lodging Option 1
$82.99 per night
Princeton, NJ 08540
Group Block Name: BTLI Reunion
Lodging Option 2
$159- one bedroom/ $189- two bedroom
Princeton, NJ 08540
Group Block Name: BTLI Reunion
Visiting Princeton Seminary
Princeton is an academic, research, business, and residential community located midway between New York and Philadelphia. Visitors have access to libraries, museums, churches, theaters, concerts, athletic events and public lectures in the immediate vicinity.
Valerie Bridgeman is associate professor of Homiletics & Hebrew Bible at Methodist Theological School in Ohio and founding president & CEO, WomanPreach! Inc. She graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio with a double major in communication and religion. She earned her Master of divinity from Austin Presbyterian Seminary, where she won the Charles L. King Excellence in Preaching Award for graduating seniors. She completed and was awarded her Ph.D. in Biblical Studies (OT concentration) from Baylor University. Valerie is a published and award-winning poet, a visual artist, jazz dancer, and stage performer. graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio with a double major in communication and religion. She earned her Master of divinity from Austin Presbyterian Seminary, where she won the Charles L. King Excellence in Preaching Award for graduating seniors. She completed and was awarded her Ph.D. in Biblical Studies (OT concentration) from Baylor University. Valerie is a published and award-winning poet, a visual artist, jazz dancer, and stage performer.
Brittney Cooper is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. She is a Black feminist theorist who specializes in the study of Black women’s intellectual history, Hip Hop generation feminism, and race and gender representation in popular culture. Her forthcoming book Race Women: Gender and the Making of a Black Public Intellectual Tradition (University of Illinois Press) examines the long history of Black women’s thought leadership in the U.S., with a view toward reinvigorating contemporary scholarly and popular conversations about Black feminism. Dr. Cooper is also a sought after public speaker and commentator. In addition to a weekly column on race and gender politics at Salon.com, her work and words have appeared at the New York Times, the Washington Post, Cosmo.com, TV Guide, the Los Angeles Times, Ebony.com, The Root.com, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show, All In With Chris Hayes, Disrupt with Karen Finney, and Third Rail on Al-Jazeera America, among many others. She is also a co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective, a popular feminist blog. In 2013 and 2014, she was named to the Root.com’s Root 100, an annual list of Top Black Influencers. Dr. Brittney Cooper is a proud alumna of Howard University (class of 2002) and proud native of North Louisiana.
Cassandra Jackson is Professor of English at The College of New Jersey. She received a B.A. in English from Spelman College and a Ph.D. in English from Emory University. Her research and teaching interests focus on African-American literature, critical race theory, and visual culture. She is the author of Barriers Between Us: Interracial Sex in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Indiana University Press) and Violence, Visual Culture, and the Black Male Body (Routledge). Professor Jackson is an alum of the OpEd Project, a nonprofit organization that aims to increase the number of women and minority thought leaders in key commentary forums. Her public commentary on race in American culture can be found on the Huffington Post.
James Gee has been around politics in general — and the New Jersey General Assembly in particular — for most of his life. He began his career as an intern to then-Assembly Appropriations Chairman John S. Watson while still a student in high school. While attending Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia, Mr. Gee worked in the Georgia Senate, quickly distinguishing himself as a skilled political operative. In 1997, Mr. Gee’s career came full-circle when, after managing the unsuccessful congressional campaign of Georgia State Senator Ron Slotin, he returned to New Jersey and joined the campaign that elected Bonnie Watson Coleman, the daughter of his beloved mentor John Watson. During the 2001 gubernatorial campaign, Mr. Gee became the statewide political director of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee. Following the election, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor James E. McGreevey, serving as the governor’s liaison to the Legislature. During the 2004 presidential campaign, Mr. Gee served as the national political director for celebrity Sean “P.Diddy” Comb’s Vote or Die campaign, which was designed to inspire a new generation to become part of the political process. In 2005, Mr. Gee served as the statewide political director for then-Senator Jon S. Corzine’s campaign for governor and recently served as Deputy Campaign Manager of Jon Corzine’s unsuccessful re-election campaign. During the 2008, Presidential Campaign Mr. Gee moved to the Washington, D.C. area to serve as one of five Regional Political Directors on the Hillary Clinton for President Campaign. During the hotly contested Democratic Primary James traveled to 10 different states. Mr. Gee was lead Political Director in Texas and Pennsylvania where Senator Clinton won very close primary victories. Mr. Gee attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and is a graduate of Fordham University in New York. James was recently awarded a Beaumont Foundation scholarship to Seton Hall University School of Law. James is a consultant to the New Jersey Redistricting Commission.
Charles Ellison is Washington Correspondent for The Philadelphia Tribune, author of the critically-acclaimed urban political thriller TANTRUM and a contributor to The Atlanta Post. Formerly host of “The New School” on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s POTUS Channel, Charles also serves as weekly Washington correspondent for The Cliff Kelly Show on WVON-AM (Chicago) and WDAS-FM (Philadelphia). A former Chief Political Correspondent for Politic365.com, Charles is regularly featured on Roll Call TV, CBSNews.com‘s”Washington Unplugged” and FOX News “Fox and Friends” providing political analysis. His writing is regularly featured in The Huffington Post and POLITICO’s Arena. He was a former University of Denver senior fellow and former visiting fellow at the George Washington University Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet. Recently, he was selected and honored as a portrait for world-renowned artist Lisa Jones’ “Heroes II Collection.” In 2010, he was selected to participate as a panelist at the 10th Annual Black Writers Conference chaired by Nobel Prize Winner Toni Morrison. That same year, he was invited to the Garfield Institute speaker series at Hiram College in Ohio. With more than a decade of applied political and public affairs experience, Charles is considered a leading expert in politics, public policy, foreign policy, modern campaigns and elections and the use of technology in elections. He has contributed time as a lecturer for the Close-Up Foundation and was a member of the Youth Radio Editorial Board. A widely recognized online content executive and 2000 recipient of the Washington, D.C. “Top 40 Under 40” Award, Charles is also a former congressional staffer and speechwriter.
Leah Daughtry is a nationally recognized teacher, preacher, speaker, organizer, leader, and political strategist. Throughout her career, she has sought to bring sound, principled leadership, business, and management practices to organizations that seek to enhance and improve the lives of the people with and for whom they work. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Reverend Daughtry has held various senior posts at the United States Department of Labor and the United States Congress. Among her various social, political, faith-based, and public service initiatives, she serves as an At-Large Member of the Democratic National Committee and a member of its Rules & Bylaws Committee, and on the Executive Committee of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). She was Chief Executive Officer of the 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee, reprising the role she served in 2008 and making her the first person in Democratic Party history to hold the position twice. Ms. Daughtry is President and CEO of On These Things, LLC, which provides strategic planning, event management, community engagement, and organizational development consulting services to a broad array of businesses and organizations. Daughtry’s rare ability to manage people, processes, and policies equally well is clearly demonstrated through her proven capacity to manage multi-billion dollar budgets, lead complex human resource portfolios, develop internal and external communications strategies, and assist clients in managing transitions and organizational change. With her ordination in 2002, Leah joined the fifth consecutive generation of pastors in the Daughtry family. She is Pastor of The House of the Lord Church in Washington, DC, and in 2012, she was ordained as an Elder and presently serves as Jurisdictional Elder of the organization’s Southeast Region.