Written by David Robinson
The Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference, held June 18-19, 2021, in Orlando, FL, was nothing short of amazing. From the loud applause, powerful speakers, and even Dr. Alveda King, niece of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., leading us in “How Great Thou Art,” there is no better word to describe this weekend other than “revival.” The dictionary describes “revival” as an improvement in the condition or strength of something, and that is what was illustrated throughout the entire conference. Not only the revival of our faith but also of our great nation.
“America has been a force for good in the world.” In a time of uncertainty, no truer words of unity could have been spoken by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). His remarks were accompanied by loud cheers in a room filled with people from many diverse backgrounds but shared the same mission, which is: America is great, and we want to see her continue to be great despite its challenges. Another dynamic speaker was former Vice President Mike Pence. Although met with some heckling (not as nearly as much as the media portrayed), which led to a couple of people being escorted out of the conference, he reminded us of the great commission and that he is a “Christian, Conservative, and Republican; in that order.”
Melissa Tate, an author, and influencer did an astounding job reminding us of the great nation that we live in through her own personal journey of faith and freedom. As an immigrant from Zimbabwe who moved to the United States at the age of 19, she recalls a time back in Africa, where she was in the grocery store with her mother, and by the time they reached the register, the price of bread had already doubled. Her family lost their entire life savings due to the economic downturn. This was especially difficult for her because some of those savings were supposed to help send her to the United States to attend college. However, she went on to share that with only $300 in her pocket, she “walked by faith” and immigrated to the United States to attain the freedom that she prayed and hoped for in her native land. She not only excelled in her studies but eventually started her own e-commerce business, which brought in seven figures by the time she was just 27.
The Seven Mountains of Influence, a break-out session which featured a panel of eight African-American conservative activists, covering topics ranging from illegal immigration, media outreach, community engagement, and an area that I am particularly passionate about, school choice. During the panel, the parents of Brandon Michael (Kiyan & Bobby Michael), a 21-year-old who was murdered by an illegal immigrant, reminded us of the importance of secure borders to avoid tragedies that their family (and many others) have faced.
Paris Dennard, RNC National Spokesperson & Director of Black Media Affairs, talked about the significance of having a presence throughout media outlets, even those who are not particularly friendly toward conservative voices. Critical Race Theory (CRT) was another topic discussed during the panel. Education plays a major role in shaping the minds of our children, which is why school choice should be at the forefront of the discussion regarding CRT. Cecilia Johnson, a conservative and school choice activist, praised her home state of Missouri, which just passed legislation to fund students instead of schools. This measure has also been implemented in other states such as Arkansas and Florida.
Another break-out session, Cancel Culture of Conservatives on College Campuses, featured Andrew Greene, who is the President of a new organization called Students for America, and Assemblyman Jake Johnson (R-NC 113). The discussion included the decline of inclusivity for diversity of thought throughout college campuses in the United States and ways to combat the attack on our First Amendment rights. A comment that stood out strongly was that “conservatives cannot cower to the left.” We must stand firm and confident in what the word of God says and to what our Constitution says.
To sum up the key components of this year’s conference, the message was clear, and that is for conservatives to fight, and no, not physically, but spiritually. We are reaching a pivotal time in our country, and it will be up to us to be the change we want to see. Even though it is a cliché saying, there is no greater time to implement it. Watching and reading the news can be both exhausting and discouraging with all that is happening. However, many of us have been tasked with helping to reshape policy, getting involved in political activism, or other forms of public service, not just because we want to, but because we are called to act. We must hold onto that calling because it will be what encourages us to keep going amidst the chaos as we persevere to strengthen our faith and preserve our freedoms.
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