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MR. ABBOTT PANELISTS
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Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III | Moderator

Senior Pastor of Trinity UCC

 

With civil rights advocacy in his DNA, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III built his ministry on community advancement and social justice activism. As Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Moss spent the last two decades practicing and preaching a Black theology that unapologetically calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice, and economic inequality.

 

Dr. Moss is part of a new generation of ministers committed to preaching a prophetic message of love and justice, which he believes are inseparable companions that form the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

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Troy Osborne Pryor

Media Producer

 

Troy Osborne Pryor is a media producer and host with the superpower of connecting with wide audiences.  Pryor's directorial debut was on TV One's Change Agents and his collaborations have led to award-winning content on multiple platforms.  Pryor is the founder of Creative Cypher, a portfolio of media brands and investments.  He is the founder of XL Film Festival, Vice President of SAG-AFTRA Chicago and an advisor to an array of organizations.

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Kurt Roger Cherry

Executive Producer

Kurt Roger Cherry has been working at the intersection of media finance, public media and the black press for over 40 years. He is CEO of Fertile Ground Factory, LLC, a social enterprise that is building enterprises in collaboration with social entrepreneurs’ intent on developing wealth and perpetual human capital in their communities. Prior to founding Fertile Ground, Mr. Cherry was COO and board member of Caligoo, Inc., a cognitive enterprise software company. 

 

In 2003, he became the first principal owner and managing partner of the company that publishes The Chicago Defender, The New Pittsburgh Courier, The Michigan Chronicle and the Memphis Tri-State Defender outside of the Robert Sengstacke Abbott Family since its founding in 1905. In 1990, Mr. Cherry, along with other civic Chicagoans, co-founded Chicago Public Media (“CPM”), home to WBEZ FM, Vocalo.org and The Chicago Sun-Times (“CST”). CPM possesses the largest combined newsroom (WBEZ and CST) in Chicago. 

 

He is the Executive Producer of Mister Abbott – a short documentary about the life of Robert Sengstacke Abbott, founder and publisher of The Chicago Defender.

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