Day 36: Reverend David F. Telfort

Rev. David F. Telfort and Noble NYC

Brooklyn, NY, United States

This peace offering is rooted in the moments our nation is in. We are battling a pandemic called COVID-19 and another the Rev. Otis Moss III calls, “COVID-1619” American racism. This offering, shot and edited by Daniel Ortiz and Michael Craig, offers my struggles with traditional notions of peace and a burgeoning realization that peace is what we make of it.


David Telfort is the pastor of Lafayette Ave. Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, NY. The son of Haitian immigrants, he received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Occidental College in Urban Environmental Policy. He earned his Masters of Divinity from Yale University’s School of Divinity. David’s passion is for people, especially the disinherited of our world. He believes the world should work for everyone. He brings into every room the voices of his Afro-Caribbean ancestors.


After seeing my piece, I hope the audience will join the local grassroots organizations in their city doing working for economic justice and addressing systemic racism, not just charitable organizations. I hope they will support groups like Color of Change or Until Freedom. I hope they will read about prison abolition and be pushed to rethink peace. 

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