Congratulatory Announcements 

June 2022


*Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram and Rev. Dr. Jessica K. Ingram Celebrated their 45th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, June 11, 2022


(Memories shared by Rev. Dr. Jessica K. Ingram)
On tomorrow, June 11, we will celebrate our 45th Wedding Anniversary. Through many dangers’ toils and snares, we have already come. In these 45 years we have experienced joys and sorrows, health and sickness, life and death, successes, and failures, loyalty and betrayal, good moments and not so good ones, conversations where we connected and those where we disagreed, consideration given to leaving each other and then deciding to stay together, loving ministry but also being miserable in ministry, looking forward to retirement now trying to make so many adjustments, figuring out how to parent our only daughter and now trying to make up time to her for the years we spent away from her while we were engaged in the work of the church, loving being grandparents, and so much more.
Yes, these 45 years have been some kind of journey.  Little did we know on June 11, 1977, when we joined marriage what was in our future. When I repeated the words saying I would be with my husband in sickness and in health I didn't know it meant I would have to be with him through a life-threatening accident and numerous rurgeries  that almost took his life.
I did not know when I pledged to be with him that it would mean serving four local churches in four different cities. I certainly didn't know he would be elected a Bishop in the AME Church and that we would serve in South Africa, Texas, and the East Coast. In all we have moved 19 times!!
I did not know about the disappointments, the hurts and the betrayals that came with ministry and marriage. But I can tell you this, I would not take anything for our 45 years of marriage together. I am sure he feels the same way!


*William (Billy) Davis Howard University Law Graduate has been named one of the First Entertainment Law and Policy Fellows with the Motion Picture Association

The Third Street Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Richmond Virginia, First Family, the Rev. Reuben J. Boyd Jr., and First Lady Sis. Sonja D. Boyd, president of the Virginia Conference M-SWAWO Plus PK’s is proud to announce that their RAYAC member and former Area and local YPDER William (Billy) Davis, has been named one of the first entertainment law and policy fellows with the motion picture association. This program is in partnership with our HBCU’s.

William A. Davis, 2021 Howard Law graduate has been announced as part of the inaugural class of the  Motion Picture Association (MPA) and the Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program (EICOP) Entertainment Law & Policy Fellowship program.

This unique and prestigious one-year fellowship targets high-performing recent college, university, and law student graduates from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Hispanic serving institutions (HSIs), and other minority serving institutions (MSIs). The fellowship is designed to expand the pipeline and grow opportunities for graduates from diverse backgrounds to enter the entertainment industry. 

“Howard University School of Law played a pivotal role in developing my interest in entertainment law. The various organizations that I was exposed to at HUSL helped me to understand possibilities that were available in this field. Before coming to Howard, I knew that I wanted to work in entertainment law, but Howard helped me home in on intellectual property, and for that, I am extremely grateful,” said Davis. “I am elated to be the inaugural EICOP-MPA Entertainment Law Fellow. Being graced with the once in a lifetime opportunity to meet key players in the entertainment industry has been extremely fulfilling. I look forward to what the program has to offer for the duration of my time in this role.”

The MPA-EICOP Entertainment Law & Policy Fellowship is a ground-breaking one-year program. Fellows will rotate from the MPA’s office in Los Angeles to its global headquarters in Washington, D.C., and conclude the program at one of the association’s member studios: Disney, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Paramount, Sony Pictures, or Warner Bros. The fellowship is designed to eliminate barriers to entry into the entertainment industry by providing financial support, paid housing and travel, and a living expenses stipend.

 “We are the leading global advocate of the film, television, and streaming industry, representing some of the largest content creators in the world. This fellowship program reflects our commitment to expanding and diversifying the pipeline for talent not only in front of and behind the camera but also within our association,” said Charles Rivkinchairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association. “William and Rhyan were selected based on their strong interest in pursuing policy and law in the entertainment industry, remarkable academic achievements, and recommendations, as well as extensive community service and dynamic leadership. The MPA and our member studios are thrilled to have them both join us as our inaugural MPA-EICOP Entertainment Law & Policy Fellows.”

“No matter what you study in school or what your background is, there are opportunities and a place for you in the entertainment industry,” said Stacy Milner, president, and CEO of the Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program. “These incredible fellows prove that, and we can’t wait to see the impact they make on the industry as a part of this unique program.” 

Throughout the year-long program, fellows will gain experience alongside some of the industry’s leading senior-level legal and government affairs executives. In addition to the program’s in-depth, hands-on exposure to various sectors of entertainment law and policy, fellows will go on-site to studio lots and visit top entertainment law firms. They will also interact with other industry professionals and peers at networking and industry-related functions to round out their experience. 

Fellows were vetted through a comprehensive, highly competitive process. The selection committee responsible for assessing and reviewing applicants represents executives and leaders from the following organizations: Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA), Japanese American Citizens League, National Hispanic Media Coalition, National Urban League, Native American Media Alliance, U.S. House of Representatives’ Office on Diversity and Inclusion, White House Initiative on Advancing Education Equity for Hispanics, and White House Initiative on HBCUs. 




*Congratulations to 2nd LT Sir Wellington Hartford Brookins on being accepted into the Master’s program in Space Studies at the American Military University


Sir Wellington Hartford Brookins, 2nd Lt in U.S. Space Force and son of the Late Bishop H. Hartford Brookins, the ninety-first Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the A.M.E. Church and Rev. Dr. Rosalynn Kyle Brookins has been accepted into the American Military University Master's Program in Space Studies for Summer Classes beginning on July 8, 2022.

"To God be the glory!"

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On behalf of Social Action Commission Chair, Bishop E. Anne Henning Byfield and  Dr. Jacquelyn DuPont-Walker, Director/ Consultant  Social Action Commission, we extend congratulations as you praise God for the Joy of these significant milestones reached.