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Acclaimed Short Film Producer Livingstone College Lecturer

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) — A third-generation civil and human rights warrior will be the speaker at Livingstone College’s fall convocation.

Reverend Dr. Otis Moss, III has served as Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago since 2008, but he is likely also known for a short narrative documentary titled “Otis’ Dream.”

The film, which was featured in Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sunday,” tells the story of Moss III’s grandfather, Otis Moss, Sr., who was denied the right to vote in 1946 after he walked 18 miles to three different polling stations. He died before he could vote.

Moss III, who was the film’s executive producer, also wrote the original screenplay and story. His grandfather’s words, “Listen here, promise me, if you ever get the chance…vote”, was the inspiration for

Moss’s father, Reverend Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., to become actively involved in the civil rights movement. He joined Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Selma March and witnessed the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Moss III inherited that same spirit of civil rights and social justice as he regularly preaches and practices black theology that unabashedly draws attention to issues of mass incarceration, environmental justice and economic inequality. . He is part of a generation of ministers committed to preaching a prophetic message of love and justice, whom he believes to be inseparable companions who form the foundation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Moss III graduated with honors from Morehouse College, earning a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary.

He returned to Yale in 2014 to present the famous Lyman Beecher Lectures. The three-day event included an in-depth talk on the subject of “The Blue Note Gospel: Preaching the Prophetic Blues in a Post Soul World”. The lectures were the basis of his book, “Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World: Finding Hope in an Age of Despair”.

Moss III has a passion for preaching, which led him into the classroom. His role as a visiting lecturer in homiletics at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology, helping preachers build and strengthen their own ministries, led him to be named a professor there earlier this year.

In 2012, he founded and serves as CEO of Unashamed Media Group, a faith-based and social justice collective production company dedicated to curating stories to inspire the heart and challenge the structures that impede human flourishing. .

It was his company that produced “Otis’ Dream”, which won eight awards at film festivals in the US and UK, including Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short, Best Musical Score, Best Actor and Audience Favorite. “Otis Dream” is in pre-production for a feature film.

Moss III’s biblical messages inspire young and old, making him a popular lecturer on college campuses. His influences include historical African-American figures Zora Neal Hurston, August Wilson and Howard Thurman, as well as jazz and hip-hop music.

“Dr. Moss is the right fit for our fall convocation as it focuses on the freshman class and signals the start of their college journey,” said Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. “His style of expression and talent for relating to young people with a Bible-based message is what we need most today to keep our students connected to spirituality and engaged in political action and accountability. social.

Fall convocation begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 23 at Varick Auditorium on the Livingstone campus.

To learn more about the speaker and to view the short film “Otis’ Dream”, visit livingstone.edu.