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Speakers & Performers

Kelley Price

Kelly Price

9 x Grammy nominated singer and songwriter Kelly Price is the second of three daughters, born and raised in Queens, New York, in the church. That’s where her musical roots were planted, and tended to, early on. It’s where, as a two-year-old, she began singing in the children’s choir, where she sang her first solo at three and was fittingly-blessed with the moniker, Little Mahalia-a nickname given to her by teachers in elementary school after hearing her sing for the first time. Kelly Price is a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a grandmother (affectionately called GiGi) an author, motivational speaker, actress, producer, preacher, teacher, Psalmist and flat out SANGER! Most importantly she’s God’s girl and continues to seek ways to make him proud!

Rev. Dr. JamalHarrison Bryant

Visionary. Civil Rights Activist. Community Organizer. Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient. 2X Grammy Award Winning Artist. Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant combines sound biblical teaching, business acumen, and political insight to propel the Body of Christ to action and greater levels of faith.

Since his youth, Dr. Bryant has prevailed against the odds – rising from a G.E.D. to a Ph.D. Before pastoring, he served as the National Youth and College Director of the NAACP for six years, where he helped to mobilize over 70,000 youth worldwide in non-violent campaigns.

Donald Lawrence

Donald Lawrence

“The man who wears many musical colors.” Those seven words eloquently capture the multifaceted essence of Donald Lawrence. Songwriter. Producer. Composer. Music/choir director. Recording artist. The guiding force behind such No. 1 hits as “Encourage Yourself,” “Back II Eden” and “The Blessing of Abraham.” Lawrence has also been the producing force behind No. 1 songs like: “Blessed and Highly Favored” by the Clark Sisters, and “Lift Him Up,” “Souled Out” and “Every Praise” by Bishop Hezekiah Walker.

Joe Mallory

Joe Mallory is the President of the Cincinnati Branch NAACP, and former Vice Mayor of the
City of Forest Park.

Joe, served in the U.S. Navy with the Multi-National Peacekeeping force in Beirut, Lebanon.
After the U.S. Navy, Joe was employed by the U.S. Postal Service, for 15 years, serving as a
Union Officer with the National Association of Letter Carriers as an Arbitration Advocate
handling hundreds of arbitrations, mediation, and grievance cases.

After leaving the Postal Service, Joe began work as an Election Administrator with the Hamilton
County Board of Elections for nearly 20 years, responsible for management and operation of all
aspects of Absentee/Early Voting, Precinct Election Officials and Polling Places. He also ran
voter education and outreach. He was appointed to the Ohio Board of Voting Machine
Examiners in April 2021; and was appointed last year to the Board of the Ohio Association of
Election Officials and serves as a Board Member with the Hamilton County Board of Elections.
Additionally, he serves on the Board of The Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
Outreach Programs (UMADAOP) of Ohio. The establishment of UMADAOP in 1980 was
spearheaded by Joe’s father, the late William L. Mallory Sr., former Majority Leader of the Ohio
House of Representatives. Joe also serves on the Community Advisory Board of the Hamilton
County Sheriff’s office, the Convention Facilities Authority and the Duke Energy Advisory

Joe Mallory

Keyla Richardson

A passionate contemporary gospel performer, Keyla Richardson is known for her dynamic praise & worship music. She initially gained widespread attention competing on season nine of BET’s Sunday Best show. In 2019, she hit the gospel charts with her single “So Good.”

Born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, Richardson grew up singing in a church where her parents were pastors. By her teens, she was performing locally, along with leading worship services. In 2015, a video of Richardson and her friends singing the Walls Group’s “Hold On” went viral and helped build interest in the singer. Buoyed by the attention, she released the single “Believe” on Doug Williams’ Blackberry Records in 2018. The following year, she gained even wider visibility as a contestant on season nine of BET’s gospel talent competition Sunday Best, where she finished in the final four. After leaving the show, Richardson released the single “So Good.”

Minister Charles Jenkins

Dr. Charles Jenkins is widely known for his innovative leadership, and diverse service as an influential renaissance man. For 20 years he served as the senior pastor of the historic Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago. Jenkins has served as a Commissioner on the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, as a member of The Board of Trustees for The City Colleges of Chicago, as an Advisory Board Member for The Illinois Attorney General’s Office, The Illinois State Treasurer’s Advisory Board, The Illinois Department of Transportation Advisory Board, and as Chairman of the Rainbow Push Coalition’s PUSH BOARD, just to name a few. He was also a pivotal leader in the passing of Chicago’s Big Box Ordinance which led to Walmart and Target Stores arriving in Chicago. He was also the conduit for Uber’s arrival in Chicago, leading to thousands of jobs and dynamic revenue for the city. Additionally, Jenkins was also instrumental in helping to restore nearly 30 million dollars to the Illinois state budget which led to the expansion of Walgreens and affordable medication for senior citizens in Illinois.