Online registration is now closed. Onsite registration begins February 18th.


About the Conference

The 2019 Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference (SDPC) will convene in Birmingham, Alabama from February 18 – 21, 2019.

The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference issues this 2019 call to gather in the tradition of and with affirmation of the legacies of Rev. Dr. James Hal Cone and Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon. Beautiful are their Feet! Their footprints forever guide our ministry.

In the context of Black theology and Black faith, mighty trees have fallen. We continue to mourn the passing of the courageous father of Black Liberation Theology, Dr. Cone and one of the mighty Mothers of Womanism, Dr. Cannon. We are left to gather the lessons so that we might not forget. We are left to continue to fight for our humanity, with the conviction that Father God hears our cries, Mother God walks with us and we have two new powerful ancestors for our journey during this forthcoming benchmark year called by many as the “Quad-Centennial” year.

Conference will start in

The Cry of Black Blood: The Call to Sacred Memory

“This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Consider now!

Call for the wailing women to come; send for the most skillful of them.” Jeremiah 9:17 (NIV)


“But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; Make them known to your children and your children’s children…” Deuteronomy 4:9 (NRSV)

Hotel & Venue

Sheraton Birmingham Hotel and Convention Center

Experience the undeniable energy of Alabama’s biggest city at Sheraton Birmingham Hotel. Located in Birmingham’s vibrant Uptown District, our hotel offers travelers of all types an ideal vantage point from which to explore the city. Arrive with ease via our hotel’s complimentary shuttle from Birmingham International Airport and settle in for a relaxing and productive stay. 


Hampton Inn & Suites BirminghamDowntownTutwiler Hotel

Redmont Hotel Birmingham, Curio Collection by Hilton

“Beautiful Are The Feet” and "Ella Jo Baker Human Rights" Awardees

Workshop Sessions

• Setting the Record Straight: The Quadcentennial/1619-2019 & Telling Our Story
• Representation Matters: Building Political Power and Strengthening Communities
• Truth Telling as Sacred Memory and Healing
• Living Debt Free and Preparing for the Future
• Effective Proposal & Grant Writing Strategies to Fund The Vision
• Flourishing Beyond the Pulpit: Caring for the Shepherd
• Preparing our Youth for Stewardship and a World Economy
• LGBTQ: Room at the Table
• Sisters of the Rock: Womanism and Power From Generation to Generation
• Global Disruption: Movement for Black Lives From Palestine to Brazil to the United States
• Economic Empowerment and Job Creation Through Social Media and Technological Advancements
• We Are All At Risk: Eco-justice
• Mass Criminalization In the Age of Afrophobia
• Caregiving and Giving Care: A Holistic Approach to End of Life Care
• Land, Faith and the Future of the Black Community

Conference Schedule

Monday, February 18th
8:00 a.m. General Registration Opens
9:00 a.m. Mandatory Seminary Session
11:00 a.m. Samuel DeWitt Proctor Board Meeting
1:30 p.m. Opening Assembly
6:30 p.m. Opening Worship Service
9:00 p.m. Seminary Debrief and Activities
Tuesday, February 19th
7:00 a.m Registration Opens
8:00 a.m. ProctorTalks/Workshops
10:00 a.m. ProctorTalks/Workshops
12:00 p.m. Plenary/Lunch
2:30 p.m. ProctorTalks/Workshops
6:30 p.m. “Beautiful Are The Feet” Honoree Dinner
9:00 p.m. Seminary Debrief and Activities
Exhibits/Book Signing
Wednesday, February 20th
7:00 a.m. Registration Opens
7:30 a.m.– 5:30 p.m. Pilgrimage to Montgomery Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice
Special Forums/Ceremony
Evening Reflections/Healing
Thursday, February 21st
8:30 a.m. Closing Service of Covenant and Communion
11:00 a.m. Master Class*
Friday, February 22nd
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Master Class