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Black History Month Panel Examines Facets of the African Diaspora

February 20, 2023 (LAWNSIDE, N.J.) — Grace Temple Baptist Church will host “Many Ships, Same Boat: An Afro-Diasporic Dialog,” on Saturday, February 25 at 2 p.m. at the church, 15 East Charleston Ave. The program is free and open to the public.


Rev. Dr. Charles L. McNeil, senior pastor, will moderate the discussion bridging Africa and the Americas with sixth panelists.  They are:

Dr. Doreen Loury, retired Pan-African studies professor, Arcadia University
The Rev. Timothy Merrill, founder Watu Moja, Camden
The Rev. Dr. Ernest Bebang, Cameroonian pastor
Prophetess Audrey Maison, Ghanaian missionary and entrepreneur
Anna-Kay Thomas, college administrator and second-generation Jamaican American
Royston Wright, international aid monitor and evaluator from Sierra Leone


The program’s title was inspired by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s famed quote: “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” The panelists will share in a wide-ranging conversation about food, culture, politics, and conflicts as they consider common problems, solutions and the way forward.

Guests’ temperatures will be checked and masks must be worn while in the building. Light refreshments will be provided.