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    • Chuck Colson

      Founder, Prison Fellowship and BreakPoint
      Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for President Richard Nixon. While incarcerated for Watergate-related charges, he experienced a calling to serve those whose lives were affected by crime. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families. In 1993, he was awarded the Templeton Prize and, in 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal. He has authored a number of books including God and Government (with Ellen Santilli Vaughn), How Now Shall We Live? (with Nancy Pearcey), and, most recently, The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters (with Harold Fickett). Colson is also the founder and chairman of the Wilberforce Forum and can be heard daily on the BreakPoint radio commentary broadcast.

    • Star Parker

      President, Coalition for Urban Renewal and Education
      Star Parker is the founder and president of CURE, the Coalition for Urban Renewal and Education, a non-profit think tank that works on issues of race, poverty, and the challenges of inner-city neighborhoods in the media and the public policy arena. Prior to her involvement with social activism, Star Parker was a single mother on welfare in Los Angeles, California. Today Parker is a nationally recognized expert, discussing social welfare issues on major television and radio shows throughout the country. She is the author of three books, including White Ghetto: How Middle Class America Reflects Inner-City Decay.

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