Original Air Date: February 13, 2012
Voted by ESSENCE MAGAZINE as one of “25 Women Shaping the World,” Baltimore’s own Lea Gilmore is one of the world’s most respected and in-demand Gospel, Blues, Jazz and Inspirational singers, as well as lecturer on human, civil and women’s rights. Most recently returning from Siberia, Lea has traveled across Europe and Africa giving concerts, using music as a vehicle to teach non-violence, tolerance and peace with 2012 stops in Turkey, Belgium and France.
A former Deputy Director of the ACLU of MD, Director of Public Education for NAF, Political Director for Equality Maryland, and a veteran of many progressive campaigns, Lea’s commitment to progressive political strategy, social justice and advocacy was further recognized by being one of the first recipients of the 2010 James Baldwin Medal for Civil Rights; and for her staunch commitment to LGBT rights, was recognized as the 2010 “Ally of the Year” by Equality Maryland.
Lea is a founding member and former Program Director for the Maryland Black Family Alliance (MBFA). She is also the current cultural correspondent for The Marc Steiner Radio Show and presently the Program Director for Moving Maryland Forward Network for the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Read more.
Rev. MacArthur H. Flournoy, theologian, author, and award winning preacher is the Faith Outreach Director for Marylanders For Marriage Equality, and the Associate Director of Religion & Faith Programs for the Human Rights Campaign.
Prior to joining HRC, MacArthur served as the National Minister of Public Policy for The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, a coalition of more than one hundred open and affirming ministries, largely populated by people of color, where the presiding Bishop is Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder.
Having served as the Inaugural African American HIV/AIDS Policy Coordinator for the State of California, Department of Health Services, MacArthur has served in advisory and governing capacities with Coalition for Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgendered Concerns, for the United Church of Christ. He is Nationally certified Trainer of trainers in facilitating and conducting Justice LED workshops, which prepare people of faith and clergy to engage in progressive faith-based advocacy and community mobilizations.
MacArthur has worked in Nigeria, Ghana, Spain and Italy conducting workshops on human rights, access to health care and changing cultural norms on the role of women, people affected by numerous health disparities, such as HIV/AIDS, advocated for racial/LGBT justice and equality specifically within the Faith-based Communities. In support of health access and global equality,
MacArthur holds a Master’s of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union. Reading, writing, traveling, hanging out in funky coffee houses, and collecting African art are favorite pass times MacArthur enjoys in his limited down time.