CCEJ’s 23rd Annual Interfaith/Intercultural Breakfast to Feature Civil Rights Leader Rev. James Lawson, Jr. as Keynote Speaker

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Keynote speaker Rev. James Lawson, Jr.

Keynote speaker Rev. James Lawson, Jr.

A crowd of over 800 is expected to welcome keynote speaker Rev. James Lawson, Jr. Civil Rights Leader & Teacher of Nonviolence, at the 23rd Annual Interfaith/Intercultural Breakfast on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 7:30 a.m. at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center.

On the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s assassination, he called Lawson “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world”.

For almost seven decades Lawson has relentlessly spoken out against racism, war and injustice. Throughout his career and into retirement Lawson has actively supported various human rights advocacy campaigns, including immigrant rights and opposition to war and militarism.

Hosted by The California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ), formerly known as The National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ), the Breakfast incorporates the traditions of several religious and cultural groups that contribute to the ethnic and spiritual mosaic of the community. The event offers the opportunity for people of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds to come together to celebrate the rich diversity of the southern California area as well as share the vision of truly inclusive communities.

The co-chairs for the event are Mayor Bob Foster, City of Long Beach and Reverend Sunshine Daye, The Revealing Center.

Ever since its inception, Benefactors Gene and Ann Lentzner have underwritten the costs of the Breakfast, thereby allowing ticket prices to remain affordable.

Registration will begin at 6:45 a.m., with breakfast to follow at 7:30 a.m. The cost is $40 per person, $400 for a Harmony Table, $500 for a Peace Table, $750 for a Celebration Table, and $1,200 for a Jubilee Table. Please mail reservations to CCEJ, 444 West Ocean Boulevard, Suite 940, Long Beach, CA 90802 or call (562) 435-8184 or email

Seating is limited and reservations must be made by February 04, 2014.

The California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ) is a human relations organization dedicated to eliminating bias, bigotry and racism in America. CCEJ breaks down the distance between people by promoting understanding and respect among all races, religions, and cultures through education, conflict resolution and advocacy.

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