Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was selected for the inaugural Voices Conference because it is the place where a former slave created the first denomination that valued and embraced the culture of African Americans.

The story of the AME church, a true highlight in Philly history, shaped our nation and embodies what we hope to accomplish with our conference. We desire to use Philly as a launching ground for developing leaders who will make impact that lasts for generations and benefits their culture of origin. The event will be hosted at Mother Bethel AME church, is the oldest church property in the United States to be continuously owned by African Americans.

***Mother Bethel is not ADA compliant, please plan accordingly.


Parking is available 4 blocks from Mother Bethel AME at a Park America lot located at 215 Lombard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19147. The cost for parking is $15 for a full-day on Friday and $10 for a full-day on Saturday. Please note that once you leave the lot you will need to pay for parking again. Also, this lot only accepts cash. Notify the parking employee that you are an attendee of The Voices Conference hosted at Mother Bethel AME and they will provide you with the discounted rate. If you choose to park your car in this lot overnight additional costs will accrue.


We recommend the following hotels for your stay:

Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing

Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel

Best Western Plus Independent Park Hotel Philly