Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III installed as President and CEO of Rainbow PUSH Coalition; signals a new era of social justice advocacy

By Lynzee Mychael, Multimedia Journalist

In a historic and highly anticipated event, Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III, has been formally installed as the President and CEO of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, succeeding the esteemed Rev. Jesse Jackson. The ceremony, which took place on February 1, 2024, at the Black Academy of Arts and Letters in Dallas, Texas, marks a significant moment for the organization and the ongoing fight for social justice.

The sold-out installation event garnered national attention, with VIP participants and attendees including notable figures like Roland Martin, Rev. Al Sharpton, Shavonne Arline-Bradley, Dr. Michael Sorrell, and Dr. Amos Brown. The accomplished 4X Emmy award-winning journalist Tashara Parker hosted the ceremony. Sound Design Studios, a Black-owned production company based in Dallas, presented the formal installation ceremony.

President’s Inaugural Social Justice Conference:

Following the installation, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition will host the President’s Inaugural Social Justice Conference on February 2, 2024, at Paul Quinn College. This conference, themed around the imperative for collective action in the pursuit of social justice, features a lineup of influential speakers, including Tamika Mallory, Pastor Mike McBride, Rev. Dr. Brianna K. Parker, Rev. Tisha Dixon Williams, Mrs. Jennifer Jones Austin, Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., and, notably, Dr. Frederick D. Haynes himself.

The conference will encompass diverse sessions, such as the Social Justice Master Class, Creating Economic Structures that are Just, the Disinherited Conference, and a session on Curriculum for the 2024 Election, catering to churches, organizations, and individuals interested in effecting positive change.

Dr. Haynes’ Vision and Commitment:

Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III, a 2016 inductee to the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his new role. His national agenda focuses on addressing critical issues such as court reforms, the end of affirmative action, economic justice, educational equity and justice, and the disproportionate impact of climate change on communities of color. Known as “the drum major for justice,” Dr. Haynes models his ministry and leadership after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., emphasizing the intersections of faith and justice.

Dr. Haynes’ commitment to social justice and activism has earned him numerous awards and honors, including being named to Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 list in 2012 and receiving the Joseph R. Biden Jr. Presidential Lifetime Achievement Leadership Award in Community Service in 2022.

In addition to his role at Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Dr. Haynes continues to be deeply involved in community transformation and social consciousness. He founded the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference in 2003 and serves on the board of the Conference of National Black Churches, the National Action Network, and the IC3 Church Growth and Development Conference.

Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III’s installation as the President and CEO of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a pivotal moment in the ongoing pursuit of social justice. With a powerful agenda and a strong commitment to community engagement, Dr. Haynes signals a new era for the organization, inspiring hope for positive change and continued advocacy in the fight against systemic injustice.

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