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Dr. Obery hendricks, jr.

Dr. Obery Hendricks is one of the foremost commentators on the intersection of religion and political economy in America. He is the most widely read and perhaps the most influential African American biblical scholar writing today. A widely sought lecturer and media spokesperson, Dr. Hendricks’ has appeared on every major television netowork. He has been a member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Democratic National Committee; served on the National Religious Leaders Advisory Committee and currently serves on the Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group at the U. S. Department of State


The rev. ozzie E. smith, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Ozzie E. Smith Jr. has been described with the words anointed, gifted, leader, teacher, virtuoso, maestro, scholar, theologian, professor, revivalist, activist, entrepreneur, counselor, friend, and pastor to name a few. Known for his phenomenal and heart-provoking saxophone playing, Rev. Smith is an equally gifted preacher who is sought out for revivals across the country. His unique ability to combine his music and his invigorating interpretation of the gospel message has brought hope and encouragement to God’s people everywhere.


kirk whalum

Kirk Whalum makes music often described as soulful, passionate, and stirring. A twelve time Grammy nominee, Kirk won his first Grammy award for Best Gospel Song (“It’s What I Do”––featuring Lalah Hathaway) in 2011. An ordained minister, Kirk serves his community in various ways when his touring schedule allows. 
Kirk is a member of the popular soul/jazz group, BWB, which features Kirk as the “W” of the group with Rick Braun (trumpet) and Norman Brown (guitar).


Speaking engagements and performances will be reserved only for those who register for the cruise through BKIS Travel. 

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