Summit Speaker Announcement: TERENCE LEATHERS
We are delighted to announce Terence Leathers as a speaker for the 2021 NC Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Summit!
Dr. Leathers is a recognized leader who advocates and serves as a change agent for the Global community. From his work in Haiti, South Africa and Swaziland, Africa to the development, facilitation and establishment of family /youth-oriented programs in the United States; he has fought for “the beloved community”. His work is widely respected by community, civil rights activists and governmental leaders.
Dr. Leathers’ experience has spanned HIV/AIDS education, substance abuse prevention, community-based mental health, community emergency response management, and sexual assault and violence prevention education. Dr. Leathers has served as Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs for Shaw University in Raleigh, NC and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs in Washington, DC. Currently, he is the pastor of the historic Mount Vernon Church, located in Clayton, NC. Serving as a progressive voice in the community, Dr. Leathers established a Memorandum of Understanding with the town of Clayton to form and train a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Mount Vernon continues to be a light in the community through providing lunches, food drive distribution, COVID-19 testing and other resources. Dr. Leathers is a former board member of the Capital Area Workforce Development Board of Wake County, NC. He served on the advisory boards of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice’s “National Black Church Summit on Sexuality: Breaking the Silence” and the Anacostia Museum/Center for African American History and Culture (Smithsonian Institution) exhibit, “Speak to My Heart: African American Communities of Faith and Contemporary Society,” which showcased the history and legacy of the Black faith community of Washington, D.C. and the nation.
Dr. Leathers was honored as a nominee for the “Men for Change Award” sponsored by the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence in recognition of his support of Harbor, Inc. and the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA). Dr. Leathers served as a board member of Harbor Inc., a shelter for victims of domestic violence. Under the direction of the Dept of Justice Office of Violence Against Women, Dr. Leathers co- created the Engaging Men Rites of Passage Program, an education and training curriculum designed to foster healthy masculinity and non-violence in African American males between the ages of 13-17 and co-authored the mentoring curriculum.
Dr. Leathers is honored to have served as a Chaplain Resident at UNC- REX Hospital and a Hospice Chaplain for Heartland Hospice in Raleigh, NC. Currently, Dr. Leathers serves as a writer and consultant for Urban Ministries in Chicago, IL. His work is included in Precepts for Living, Pastor’s Edition.
Dr. Leathers received his Bachelors of Arts in sociology from Howard University, his Masters of Divinity from the Howard University School of Divinity, and his Doctors of Ministry (DMIN) from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Dr. Leathers strongly believes that heart and mind must work together such that passion can move to action.
Dr. Leathers was married to Dr. Kim Q B Leathers, who is now deceased. They have one child, Kimille Queen Leathers who currently attends North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC.
Dr. Leathers will be part of “Engaging Men & Boys in SV Prevention: Past, Present, Future,” a conversation facilitated by Nakisha Floyd.