Every year, we invite speakers to inform and inspire us as we stand up for the lives of unborn children and their families. Below is a short bio for the speakers we have lined up this year:
Lila Rose is a writer, speaker and activist. Lila founded and serves as president of Live Action, a human rights nonprofit with the largest digital footprint for the global pro-life movement.
Lila’s investigative reporting on the abortion industry has been featured in most major news outlets.
Lila speaks internationally on family and cultural issues, and has addressed members of the European Parliament and spoken at the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women. She has been named among National Journal’s “25 Most Influential Washington Women Under 35,” and Christianity Today’s “33 under Thirty-Three.”
Lila is the author of Fighting for Life: Becoming a Force for Change in a Wounded World. She is the host of “The Lila Rose Show,” a podcast that tackles relationships, faith, culture, and politics.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Lila lives in California with her husband and son.
Christi Hockel Davenport
Christi Hockel Davenport witnesses clearly that people who have Down syndrome enjoy full and meaningful lives, and ought not be considered disposable by society. Her joy in life is unmistakable, even as she grieves the loss of her husband, who passed away suddenly in May. Christi is a Fellow of the Townsend Institute of Irvine’s Concordia University, and nationally known speaker on her unique life as a married woman who has Down syndrome.
Christi grew up in northern California, the youngest child in a large Catholic family of pro-life activists. She has a high school diploma and was a junior college level drama class teaching assistant. She is a valued teachers’ aide at a Catholic school in Dallas and plans to continue honing her performance skills in the Dallas’ Spotlight theater troupe where she has been acting for ten years.
Rev. Clenard Childress
The Rev. Clenard Howard Childress, Jr., has spoken at almost every Walk West for Life Coast since its founding. A life- long resident of Montclair, New Jersey, he joined the New Calvary Baptist Church in September of 1974 under the pastorate of Dr. Shellie Sampson. He was ordained in 1988 by the North Jersey Shiloh Association and installed as Senior Pastor of New Calvary in April of 1989. The Reverend Childress is a tireless advocate for the Right to Life for all American, with a special emphasis on eliminating the scourge of abortion from the African-American community. He is one of the most respected leaders in the pro-life movement. His accomplishments and awards are too many to list here, but include his 1999 appointment as President of the Life Education And Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N) in Northeast Region; and the founder of BlackGenocide.org. Rev. Childress was extensively profiled in PBS’s Frontline documentary “Anti-Abortion Crusaders inside the African American Abortion Battle.”