Dr. Brad R. Braxton, Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics, represented The Open Church as one of 12 speakers during a historic September 21, 2012, press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The press conference, which brought together leading African American Christian clergy who support marriage equality legislation in Maryland, was convened by Dr. Delman Coates, Senior Pastor of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Maryland, and long-time friend of Dr. Braxton. Other speakers at the press conference included the Rev. Al Sharpton, noted civil rights activist and television host.