Featured Speaker: Terence Lester
HOPE and The Gathering Spot present Navigating a New Atlanta — a quarterly series and new space for intergenerational dialogue, thought leadership, and action around socio-economic issues tied to Atlanta’s progress.
Terence Lester is a speaker, community activist, author, and thought leader in the realm of systemic poverty. He’s known for nationwide campaigns that bring awareness to issues surrounding poverty, race, and the fight for equality. His awareness campaigns have been featured on MLK50, TVONE, Creative Mornings, USA Today, NBC, AJC, Black Enterprise, Rolling Out, Upworthy, and have been viewed by over 10 million people globally.
In 2018, Terence led the March Against Poverty as he walked from Atlanta to Memphis (386 miles). He finished the march and spoke at the historic Lorraine Motel for the 50th Anniversary of MLK’s assassination. He has spoken on the same platform as other civil rights activists such as: Bernice King, Roland Martin, Gina Belafonte, Michael Eric Dyson, Tamika D. Mallory, and many others.
Terence’s unique approach combines storytelling and digital media to help illustrate social justice issues and holistic approaches to solving these ailments. In 2013, he founded the non-profit, Love Beyond Walls, where his work with the homeless and poor has made national news and garnered him dozens of awards, including: SCLC Social Advocacy
Award (2016), Atlanta Voice’s 50 under 50 honor (2016), the True to Atlanta Award presented by the Atlanta Hawks (2016), Fulton County Schools Service Award (2015) and the winner of Plywood Presents Idea Competition (2015) and Awesome Foundation’s Idea Competition (2015).
Terence has written four books and his next book with InterVarsity Press will be released in Spring 2019. He also holds four degrees and is working towards his doctorate. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Cecilia and their two children Zion Joy and Terence II.