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Wednesday, June 15, 2022
American slavery was exceptionally brutal and attacked the humanity of black enslaved people in every aspect of life. Enslaved Africans were physically brutalized, mentally attacked, and denied their humanity. Today we will focus on the ongoing healing African Americans must undergo to fight the vestiges of slavery and present racism. Through a series of workshops and an enlightening keynote address, we hope to inspire participants to engage their own mental and physical strength to work toward their better self and a better community.
Location: Zoom Webinar (Registration limit 1,000)
Although the first Juneteenth was celebrated in Texas in 1866 it wasn’t until June 2021 that President Biden finally made it a national holiday in the United States. Activist who fought for the holiday have long stated that the holiday was always about more than celebrating the end of slavery but represented a true inclusion of African American history into the American fabric and was an important step toward unity. In this opening keynote we will hear from the “grandmother of Juneteenth” Opal Lee, as she described her fight for a Juneteenth holiday. Ms. Lee will be joined by William Hampton, president of the Ann Arbor NAACP to talk about the tradition of Juneteenth in Ann Arbor and the important African American History in the city. Participants will be inspired by this story of African American resilience and excellence.
Ms. Opal Lee. Known as the “Grandmother of Juneteenth,” Ms. Opal Lee was present on June 17, 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act bill that established June 19 or “Juneteenth” a federal holiday. Ms. Lee said on that day, “Now we can celebrate freedom from the 19th of June to the 4th of July!”
Opal Lee was born in Marshal, Texas in 1926 and moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 1937. At the age of 12, her family’s home was destroyed on June 19, 1939, but she nor her family allowed that to deter them from making an impact in the community. She has served on many boards and with many organizations including Citizens Concerned with Human Dignity (CCHD), Habitat for Humanity, and the Tarrant County Black Historical & Genealogical Society dedicated to the preservation of the history of the Fort Worth Black populace. During her tenure as Chairman of the Community Food Bank, the organization received the 1.3-million-dollar 33,000 sq. ft. facility that now serves 500 families a day.
Ms. Lee is the oldest living board member of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) a national movement started by the late Dr. Ronald Myers to have Juneteenth declared a National Holiday. At 90 years of age, she started her walking campaign from Fort Worth, TX to Washington, DC to bring awareness to the need for celebrating Juneteenth nationally. She walked 2.5 miles in cities across the country to represent the 2.5 years it took after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation for enforcement to reach Texas to free the enslaved. In 2019, she launched an online petition campaign that garnered over 1.6 million signatures to continue the crusade for holiday observance.
William V. Hampton: believes that we all live in a world which is increasingly more divided. He is a witness that our families, friends, co-workers, and associates are always interested in whose side we are on. Translation – are you for us or against us? Although implicit bias is a constant companion for us all, William has learned that more positive outcomes may be achieved by inviting people, with whom we differ, into dialogues. This approach, for him, has allowed him to have a better understanding concerning why we differ. Valuing differences can be a useful asset for all of us as long as we are not disrespectful or dismissive of other points of view. None of us are perfect but working collaboratively is almost always better than working separately. There is no prototype for how each of us should live our lives. William has used these living principles while being a long-time advocate for social justice.
In addition to currently serving as the President of the Ann Arbor Branch of the NAACP, William was a charter member and first President of the Ann Arbor Black Employees Association. He was the Chair of the City of Ann Arbor’s Diversity Action Committee, a charter board member of the Ann Arbor Shelter Association, and a former Trustee at Bethel A.M.E. Church. William Hampton has been blessed to receive many different awards for his work in the social justice arena including the Washtenaw County Bar Association’s Martin Luther King, Jr.” I Have a Dream Award” for outstanding service, for dedication for building trust and respect between the community and the legal system and for tireless devotion to the cause of social justice to secure fair and equal treatment for all individuals under the law.
Right now, William is a member of the Ann Arbor Public Schools Blue Ribbon Committee, a member of the Washtenaw County 21st Century Policing Commission, a member and former President of the Kiwanis Club/Foundation, a former President and Lieutenant Governor of the of the Optimist Club and he is a proud long-term member and former President of Theta Zeta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. He strongly believes that it is of no value to have a place at the table of life unless you are willing to contribute to positive outcomes. This is the primary reason why he continues to serve.
Location: Rackham Amphitheater (in-person capacity 227), Virtual (10,000)
Denial of Black freedom and humanity is firmly bound in American history. The trauma of historical and generational racism runs deep. To work toward better individual and community mental health African Americans must develop ways to confront that trauma and normalize mental health care in the black community. This session will focus on understanding mental trauma and ways to pursue better mental health for black people in America.
Carolyn Ross: Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS is an African American author, speaker, expert the treatment of eating disorders, trauma, and addictions. Dr. Ross is a graduate of The University of Michigan Medical School. She completed a residency in Preventive Medicine and a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) at Loma Linda University and a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She is board certified in Preventive Medicine and in Addiction Medicine.
Dr. Ross has been an international speaker and consultant on issues of mental health, intergenerational and historical trauma, and workplace productivity. Dr. Ross presented a TEDxPleasantGrove talk on “Historical and Intergenerational Trauma in January 2020. She is co-founder of the Institute for Antiracism and Equity (antiracismandequity.com), a consulting group that offers trainings to organizations on diversity and equity in the workplace.
Jonathan Shepherd: Jonathan Shepherd, M.D. is an award-winning mental health professional. Named “Top Doctor” in the field of psychiatry, his holistic approach to wellness has made him a highly sought after and well-respected motivational speaker. Renowned for his caring and nurturing bedside manner, Dr. Shepherd has served and provided treatment for clients in a variety of areas including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders, and many more. His mission is to help all individuals obtain access to quality mental health services.
A graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical School and Adult Psychiatry Program as well as the Johns Hopkins University Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, Dr. Shepherd blends professionalism and compassion to create healthier communities. He is currently employed as the Chief Medical Director of Hope Health Systems, Inc., which has its headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Shepherd serves on numerous boards and participates in several organizations that impact and shape the programs for the mental well-being of persons in diverse settings and various communities. He was bestowed the honor of Fellow by the American Psychiatric Association in January 2020 and Distinguished Fellow by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in July 2019 for representing excellence and his significant contributions to the field of psychiatry.
Steve Vinson: Steve has been leading the University of Michigan Medical Group (UMMG) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee since March of 2017. Due to his efforts leading DEI initiatives, Steve was the recipient of the Office of Health, Equity, and Inclusion’s inaugural DEI Advocate Award in April of 2018. Initially, Steve co-wrote the UMMG Committee’s mini-grant proposal for their DEI Driver Program, receiving an award for 2019. As a member of the organization’s Facilitator Engagement Program, Steve facilitates Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion workshops across campus.
Steve is also a member of the University of Michigan Voices of the Staff – Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team, receiving the Voices Champion Award in 2019. He led the Voices-ADEI team projects for the University’s Diversity Summit in 2018 and 2019. Steve recently participated in a Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) panel discussion focused on allyship in February of 2021 in addition to a presentation on enhancing the employee experience in July of 2021. Recently, Steve has represented the University of Michigan staff on the Workplace Innovation Staff Experience Committee and was named Interim Co-Chair of Michigan Medicine’s Anti-Racism Oversight Committee.
Location: Rackham Amphitheater (in-person 227), Virtual (10,000)
Improving Health Equity and Access for a Healthier Black Community Health equity and access continue to be a problem for black people in the United States. Juneteenth presents a great opportunity to discuss and pursue better community health for African Americans. This session will explore the social determinants for health, health equity concerns, and how the community and the University of Michigan can work together to improve health and wellness in the black community.
Okeoma Mmeje, MD, MPH: Dr. Okeoma Mmeje is a fellowship-trained physician-researcher with expertise in reproductive infectious diseases. She has in-depth leadership, organization, project management, and communication skills and expertise. In clinical practice, Dr. Mmeje manages general obstetrics and gynecology conditions, emphasizing recurrent or persistent cases of vaginitis.
As a physician-scientist with more than ten years of experience, Dr. Mmeje has led academic teams in implementing and evaluating reproductive health programs to improve access to sexual and reproductive health services for vulnerable and marginalized populations. Dr. Mmeje is also the Associate Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Obstetrics and Gynecology. In this role, Dr. Mmeje serves as a champion for creating, implementing, and assessing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in academia to foster an environment where all are welcomed, accepted, valued, and supported.
Dr. Stacey Gambrell Hunt is a native of Detroit, Michigan. She completed her undergraduate and medical studies at the University of Michigan. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Literature, Sciences and Art school and her Doctor of Medicine from the Medical school. She then attended New York University where she completed her residency training in Dermatology at the Charles Harris Skin and Cancer Unit. She completed her leadership training through the LEAD program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Her professional memberships include the American Academy of Dermatology, American Medical Association—Minority Section, Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association, Sinkler-Miller Medical Association, and National Medical Association. She is also an active member in Jack and Jill of American, Inc. where she has held numerous leadership roles. She currently serves on the board of Sinkler-Miller Medical Association, Alameda County-Contra Costa Medical Association, and Piedmont High School Parent Club.
She is a partner with the Permanente Medical Group where she has been since 2002. She is passionate about social justice and addressing social determinants of health. She is currently the Physician Lead for the African American Physicians in the Kaiser Diablo Service Area and the Regional Medical Director for Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity for Medial Subspecialties. She currently resides in the Oakland Bay Area and is married to Thurman Hunt, an U of M alum, and has 2 children, her son, Jordan and her daughter, Morgan, who are the loves of her life. Her other hobbies include singing gospel music, playing tennis, and traveling.
Allecia Harley: As a change agent, Allecia Harley, formerly of Huron Consulting Group, provides forward-thinking solutions to strategic and operational challenges. She is passionate about creating health equity for underserved populations. Her clients are nonprofit, academic, and public health organizations.
Allecia has 25+ years of experience advising a variety of clients, i.e., Johns Hopkins University, Partners Healthcare, UC San Francisco, and Tenet Healthcare, among others. She has designed innovative health and social development programs for the City of Chicago, increased the annual immunization rate by more than twelve percentage points for the Chicago Public Schools and has lectured at Rush University and Columbia College Chicago.
Allecia holds a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science from Spelman College. She lives in Chicago with her husband, teenage son, and their dog, Cassius Clay.
LaTonya Berryhill, MBA, is the Interim Managing Director and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Lead for the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR). LaTonya has been with MICHR for 14 years and has 18 years of service at the University of Michigan. She has a background in human resources, event planning, business operations, management, and facilitation. In addition, LaTonya is an DEI Program Lead role she works to support the DEI strategy plans & goals of MICHR, Michigan Medicine, and the University. She oversees engagement, training & development, and DEI activities at MICHR.
LaTonya is a trained facilitator in unconscious bias, navigating bias, hiring and selection best practices, navigating multi-generations in the workplace, bystander, and constructive dialogue. LaTonya co-leads the Michigan Medicine DEI Black Voices Resource Group and is a co-chair of the Michigan Medicine Anti-Racism Oversight Committee Opportunities for Conversation Subcommittee.
Thursday, June 16, 2022
Black institutions, organizations, and scientists have been key to the promotion of equality, justice, and progress of the Black community in the United States. This day will celebrate these communities by celebrating their history, traditions, and contributions.
Location: Michigan Union Pendleton Room (in-person: 120), virtual (10,000)
The Prayer Breakfast is a strong tradition in the Black church frequently observed during special occasions and meetings of the church. This prayer breakfast will celebrate Juneteenth and have intercessory prayers for the black community.
Bishop Talbert W. Swan, II is a fourth-generation member of the Church of God in Christ and follows in the steps of several generations of men and women in the Swan family serving in the ministry.
Bishop Swan holds a Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies, a Master of Arts in Theology and a master’s in urban ministry. He also holds graduate certificates from Hartford Seminary in Black Ministries and Harvard Divinity School in Faith-Based Economic and Community Development. He recently completed all coursework towards his D.Min. at Piedmont International University.
His relevant message is in high demand, and he is sought after to preach across the nation. Bishop Swan is a consummate community activist and is respected for his work in human rights across the region. He has served on many community boards and has received numerous awards for his work. His work has been highlighted in publications such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Emerge Magazine, Gospel Today and Sojourner’s Magazine to name a few. He has also been featured on Fox News, Black Entertainment Television and New England Cable News along with local and regional news outlets.
Bishop Swan is a five-term member of the Alumni Council at Hartford Seminary, a member of the Black Alumni Council of the Harvard Divinity School and the current International Chaplain of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., the fifth largest African American fraternity in the country. He currently serves the International Church of God in Christ as Assistant General Secretary, Director of Social Justice Ministry, and Clerk of the General Board. He currently serves as Prelate of the Greater Vermont Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, president of the Greater Springfield NAACP, a member of the Advisory Council on Racial Justice and Equity for the Massachusetts Attorney General, a member of the Massachusetts Hate Crimes Task Force, a member of the Diversity Leadership Committee and Advocacy Coordinating Committees for the American Heart Association, a board member of the Conference of National Black Churches, and a member of the Massachusetts Permanent Commission on the Status of African Americans. Bishop Swan is the recipient of many awards and commendations, including the William A. Jones Award from the National Action Network, the MLK Social Justice Award, the Ruth B. Loving Social Justice Award among others.
Bishop Swan’s appointment as bishop was unanimously approved by the General Board and the General Assembly in April 2014. He was consecrated to the sacred office of bishop on November 9, 2014. Bishop Swan is a gifted writer and the author of several books and enjoys basketball, golf, music and reading. He is married to Evangelist Cynthia Davis Swan, who proudly works in partnership with her husband in ministry and social justice advocacy. As life partners, they recently celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary. They are proud parents and grandparents.
Rev. Todd N. Jarrett is the son of Bishop and Mrs. Nathaniel Jarrett Jr. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, but reared in Chicago, Illinois. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Chicago State University. He also studied at Garrett Evangelical Seminary at Northwestern University and Chicago Theological Seminary at the University of Chicago.
Rev. Jarrett is a life-long member of the A.M.E. Zion Church having served as a Steward, Class Leader, and youth minister at Martin Temple A.M.E. Zion Church. Additionally, he served the church as Director of Young Adults. After many years of service as a Layperson in the church, Rev. Jarrett answered the call to ordained ministry. He has pastored churches in Indiana, Illinois, and now pastors the St. Paul AMEZ Church in Detroit, Michigan.
In addition to pastoring, Rev. Jarrett taught in the Chicago public schools for 27 years, serving in leadership as the teacher representative on the Local School Council. He is a member of the NAACP and Operation Push.
Rev. Jarrett is married to the former LaTonya Nelson, and they are the proud parents of one daughter, Amber Nia.
Location: Virtual (10,000)
Forbidden Knowledge Fights Back: How We Fight State Bans against Critical Race Theory: Join AAPF’s #TruthBeTold Team + special guests for this important conversation about how we must dismantle the decades-long, broad and regressive agenda of established right-wing networks to replace multiracial democracy with an autocratic, white nationalist theocracy. We will hear how successful coalitions have been built to fight back and why we must ground our struggle in a robust conception of intersectional justice.
Sumi Cho came out of retirement to serve as the Director of Strategic Initiatives leading the #TruthBeTold campaign. Prior to joining AAPF, she taught Critical Race Theory and Race, Racism & U.S. Law for twenty-five years along with other traditional law classes at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. In 2017, she was awarded the university’s highest excellence in teaching award. She was also the inaugural recipient of the Derrick A. Bell Distinguished Service Award from the Association of American Law Schools’ Minority Section. She speaks nationally on issues of affirmative action, sexual harassment, intersectionality, multiracial politics and coalitions and critical theory. She holds a Ph.D.in Ethnic Studies as well as a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Professor Cho is cited extensively for her scholarship on critical race theory and intersectionality.
Heather Malveaux is the #TruthBeTold Campaign Manager at AAPF and holds a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in Public Health, and a master’s degree in Public Service. As a passionate racial justice advocate and educator, she uses her combined expertise of public health, public service, and legal studies to educate on racial and ethnic health disparities, the political and social standing of Black women in the United States, the Black Lives Matter Movement, critical race theory, intersectional feminism, and anti-racism. She has over 8 years of experience as a facilitator of interracial dialogue on race, racism, and privilege in university settings and development of diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings.
Kristin Penner is a Research Fellow at the African American Policy Forum. Her work centers on visual mapping of the networks and infrastructure behind anti-affirmative action and anti-CRT activists and related right-wing campaigns. She is also a co-founder of the Coalition for a Diverse Harvard, an independent non-profit fighting for diversity, equity and racial justice in higher education.
Leah Cohen (she/her/hers) is a Communications Strategist at the African American Policy Forum. Previously, she served as the Press Secretary and Digital Engagement Coordinator for Granite State Progress, a progressive advocacy organization that addresses issues of immediate state and local concern in New Hampshire. Her work has primarily focused on researching and reporting on white nationalism and the overlap between members of hate groups and opponents of Critical Race Theory, as well as healthcare and education justice and reproductive rights, health and justice. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Reproductive Freedom Fund of New Hampshire.
Samuel Hoadley-Brill is a Ph.D. student in Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center and a Research & Writing Fellow at AAPF. Passionate about media literacy and integrity, he has published articles debunking popular anti-intellectual propaganda in The Washington Post, Flux, and Liberal Currents, as well as his Substack. His academic interests are in moral, social, and political philosophy, with particular focus on questions surrounding race; his current research navigates debates about the metaphysics of race, competing conceptions of racism and antiracism, and the conditions of racial justice and injustice. He received his B.A. with high honors in Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2019.
Sol A. Kersey, MA, JD, is AAPF’s Legal Fellow for the #TruthBeTold campaign. They earned their JD from the University of Cincinnati College of Law where they were a Social Justice Fellow at the Nathaniel R. Jones Center for Race, Gender, & Social Justice. Mx. Kersey earned their MA from the University of Cincinnati where they completed capstone research, titled “Complicating the Margins: Demonstrating the Need for a Complex Understanding of Voter Disenfranchisement,” focusing on Shelby County v. Holder as the apex of the disenfranchisement of Black women in the United States. Their graduate and legal study used critical race theory as the foundational tool of inquiry. Prior to joining AAPF, Mx. Kersey assisted in providing direct legal services to low-income individuals, working on matters involving civil rights, education, and housing.
Taifha Natalee Alexander was born and raised in southside Jamaica Queens where she attended college at St. John’s University. In 2017, Taifha earned her J.D. from Georgetown Law and later earner her LLM from UCLA School of Law in 2021, where she specialized in Critical Race Studies and graduated at the top of her class. Taifha’s legal studies, research, and career have focused on the advancement of equity, justice, and anti-racism within higher education, and she has been recognized by both national and state higher education organizations for her ability to create more equitable campus climates across the country. Taifha has published several articles including We Can’t Breathe: How Top Law Schools Can Resuscitate an Inclusive Climate for Minority and Low-Income Law Students in the Georgetown Journal of Modern Critical Race Perspectives (2017) and Chopped & Screwed: Hip Hop from Cultural Expression to a Means of Criminal Enforcement in Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law (2021). She is currently working on a chapter in to be included in the forthcoming book, Revising the Curriculum and the Co-Curriculum to Engage Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, to assist colleges and universities in their efforts to incorporate Critical Race Theory and anti-racist pedagogy into multidisciplinary curricula. In her spare time, Taifha enjoys creating floral arrangements, hiking trails in the Santa Monica Mountains with her husband, James, and listening to reggae, 90’s hip-hop, and R&B.
Location: Virtual (10,000)
Todd P. Coleman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering, and by courtesy, Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He received B.S. degrees in electrical engineering (summa cum laude), as well as computer engineering (summa cum laude) from the University of Michigan. He received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT in electrical engineering and computer science. He did postdoctoral studies at MIT and Mass General Hospital in quantitative neuroscience. He previously was a faculty member in the Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Bioengineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the University of California, San Diego, respectively. Dr. Coleman’s research is very multi-disciplinary, using tools from applied probability, physiology, and bioelectronics. Examples include, for instance, optimal transport methods in high-dimensional uncertainty quantification and developing technologies and algorithms to monitor and modulate physiology of the nervous systems in the brain and visceral organs. He has served as a Principal Investigator on grants from the NSF, NIH, Department of Defense, and multiple private foundations. Dr. Coleman is an inventor on 10 granted US patents. He has been selected as a Gilbreth Lecturer for the National Academy of Engineering, a TEDMED speaker, and a Fellow of IEEE as well as the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He is currently the Chair of the National Academies Standing Committee on Biotechnology Capabilities and National Security Needs.
James W. Mickens is the Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. Mickens earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001 and received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan in 2008.
His research focuses on distributed systems, such as large-scale services and ways to make them more secure.
Mickens worked as a member of the Distributed Systems group at Microsoft Research from 2009 through 2015. He spent a semester at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) through the MLK Visiting Professors program, becoming an associate professor at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in 2015. He was promoted to full professor with tenure in 2019.
In 2020, Mickens was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. In 2021, he and Jonathan Zittrain began the Institute for Rebooting Social Media, a three-year-long BKC project to research and create new ideas to improve social media.
Location: Michigan Union Pendleton Room (in-person, 120), Virtual (10,000)
Join this presentation and discussion with Shavon Arline-Bradley. Shavon is the immediate Past Co-Chair of the National Social Action Commission and the current President of Delta for Women in Action. She will detail the role of the Divine Nine is supporting African American students, community service, and social justice.
Shavon Arline-Bradley: Shavon Arline-Bradley is the Founding Principal of R.E.A.C.H. Beyond Solutions LLC (www.reachbeyondsolutions.com) a public health, policy/advocacy, faith, and executive leadership firm designed to expand the capacity of government, corporation, foundation, and non-profit partners based in Maryland (Washington DC metro area). She is also a Co-Founder of The Health Equity Cypher Group, a collaborative of nationally recognized health equity experts designed to expand the work of health, equity, and diversity & inclusion in all sectors. Shavon personally has over 19 years of public health experience.
Shavon served in the Office of the 19th United States Surgeon General (OSG) as the Director of External Engagement and senior advisor. Prior to her tenure in the Office of the US Surgeon General, Mrs. Arline Bradley served as the Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning & Partnerships and senior director of health programs for the national NAACP where she served for 6 years.
The Southern New Jersey native is a public health & social justice advocate and former track & field athlete who earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Master of Public Health degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mrs. Arline-Bradley graduated in May 2016 from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University with a Master of Divinity. In May 2019, Shavon completed the Executive Certificate of Executive Leadership, Business Development and Business Management from Howard University School of Business with a concentration in strategic planning and project management. In July 2020, she completed the Executive Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University.
Shavon was initiated into the Nu Mu Citywide Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta at Tulane Univ in New Orleans, LA in December 1997. She is the immediate past co-chair of the National Social Action Commission and serves as the current president and chair of Delta for Women in Action. Shavon is a member of the Columbia MD chapter of the Links and is currently the chair of Health & Human Services for the Eastern Area. She also serves as the vice-chair of the NAACP Board Health Committee and a member of the UNCF DMV Leadership Council. Shavon is also a member of Jack & Jill of America and the American Public Health Association and fellow of the Herndon Director’s Institute. Shavon is also an advisory member of the Oprah Winfrey Network initiative OWN Your Health.
Shavon was ordained in May 2018 as a Baptist preacher and serves as an associate minister of the Alfred Street Baptist Church. She is married to Andrew Bradley and mother of 8-year-old Micah and 22-year-old daughter Amira.
Katherine Weathers: Katherine Weathers is the Assistant Director of LSA Scholarships. Katherine is responsible for the management and development of the LSA Four-Year and Study Abroad Scholarship programs, as well as having oversight of several other scholarship programs within the college. In addition, Katherine is actively working to expand access and equity through the Passport Scholarship Program. She serves on several scholarship selection committees for the college and enjoys being the connection between the student, scholarship, and donor.
Her passion comes from seeing students excel and present their best selves while realizing their hopes and dreams. She received her undergraduate degree from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, an HBCU, and her masters in higher education from Eastern Michigan University. She serves on the executive board of the UM Women of Color Taskforce and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Ann Arbor Alumnae Chapter.
Friday, June 17, 2022
Location: Michigan Union Grand Ballroom (in-person 600), Virtual (10,000)
Race is a social construct created to categorize groups, allocate resources, and manage power. The construct establishes and sustains racism, the abuse of power, and the inequitable distribution of resources. Critical Race Theory calls out the institutional racism that naturally stems from the social construct of race. The institutional racism explained in CRT is quite apparent in American society. This session will discuss the application of CRT in our everyday lives including the workplace, education, and our cultural interactions.
Ryan Butler serves as Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the Recording Academy® where he leads diversity, equity, and inclusion internally and externally for the Recording Academy and its affiliates. He is responsible for enterprise-wide diversity and inclusion efforts and ensuring the Academy’s core value of diversity, equity and inclusion remains embedded throughout all aspects of the organization, including internal staff culture, Membership, Awards, Advocacy, and related programs. He also sets national and Chapter goals to accelerate outcomes for underrepresented communities and creators.
Butler joined the Academy in 2019 as a key member of the Advocacy and Public Policy team and later served as Director then Senior Advisor of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion department. Within DEI, he’s led various efforts including the launch of the Academy’s first-ever Black Music Collective and the podcast of the same name, the Women in The Mix® Study alongside Berklee College of Music and Arizona State University, and the implementation of an Inclusion Rider for the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. Butler also was instrumental in launching a series of partnerships including Color of Change and GLAAD. During his tenure as Senior Advisor, Butler simultaneously served as the Founding Executive Director of the Warner Music/Blavatnik Center for Music Business at Howard University.
Butler serves on Warner Music Group’s Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Board and the ADCOLOR for Music Advisory Board. In 2020, he was a founding member and Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee on the Recording Academy’s Staff Council. He also has received multiple Outstanding Professor Awards, an Academic Excellence Award and a President’s Ambassador of Excellence Award from Hampton University.
Butler holds a bachelor’s degree in strategic, legal & management communication from Howard University and a master’s degree in music business, with a concentration in entertainment, media & technology from New York University.
George Rice II: As an award-winning educator and coach, George Rice, III has one mission; to turn learners into leaders and leaders into champions.
As long as he can remember, Coach Rice has been surrounded and influenced by dedicated and passionate educators, coaches and servant leaders in his own family and community. Thus, one could say that his passion for people, personal development and coaching comes naturally. With 20 years of experience as an educator, counselor, and coach, he is well-informed and concerned about the trends, threats, issues, and strategies related to personal, student, and professional development and how they impact us on a local, national, and global scale.
Coach Rice has garnered his stats working in the public school, non-profit and higher education settings. He has spent his career creating and enhancing initiatives that deliberately address the needs of underestimated populations. It has been his honor to advocate for people regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, educational level, and socioeconomic background who are not positioned to advocate for themselves through policy and practice.
He is a native of Toledo, Ohio and an alumnus of Morehouse College and Bowling Green State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts Degree in Mental Health Counseling respectively. He is a contributing author of Suited for Success Volume 1 A Collaboration by P.K. Kersey and the author of Rebound 4 Success: 5 Ways to Turn Adversity into Your Accomplice. Coach Rice is also the founder and CEO of Triple Threat Enterprises, LLC, based in Washington, DC.
Coach Rice is a triple threat whose work is fueled by his dedication, commitment to and passion for coaching, training, mentoring and empowering students and professionals on their respective journeys from learner to leader to leader to champion. When he shows up be assured that he has every intention of putting you in the game!
A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dr. David J. Luke worked as a Certified Public Accountant after graduating from Grand Valley State University before returning to higher education to study sociology at the University of Kentucky. Currently, Dr. Luke works as Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Michigan-Flint, where his research, broadly on multiracial organizations, informs his work.
Dr. Luke’s scholarship focuses primarily on understanding racial diversity in higher education. In his forthcoming book with Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, provisionally titled, Pursuing a Critical Mass: Affirmative Action and Black Student Success at HWCUs, he has done a mixed-method cross-national study on diversity initiatives and programs at three universities (two in the U.S. and one in Canada), where he looked at the impact of these initiatives on black student enrollments and completions at the universities. State context and restrictive legislation (e.g. bans on affirmative action) had a negative impact, while desegregation mandates had a positive impact. Further, Dr. Luke’s research finds that state bans on affirmative action negatively impact black student enrollments at selective institutions only, but impacts completions at universities that are less selective as well. Finally, Dr. Luke is developing a critique of the impact of Canadian multiculturalism based on his interviews at three institutions.
Now as a practitioner, Dr. Luke leverages his insights in his current role in efforts to create and assess effective diversity initiatives and programs that improve retention and graduation rates of students of color and other marginalized students on campus.
Location: Michigan Union Grand Ballroom (in-person, 600), Virtual (10,000)
Critical Race Theory includes 4 major tenets. This session will focus on two of those tenets to explore how CRT can inform approaches to the fight for civil rights.
TENET 1: Rejection of popular understandings about racism, such as arguments that confine racism to a few “bad apples.” CRT recognizes that racism is codified in law, embedded in structures, and woven into public policy. CRT rejects claims of meritocracy or “colorblindness.” CRT recognizes that it is the systemic nature of racism that bears primary responsibility for reproducing racial inequality.
TENET 2: Recognition of the relevance of people’s everyday lives to scholarship. This includes embracing the lived experiences of people of color, including those preserved through storytelling, and rejecting deficit-informed research that excludes the epistemologies of people of color.
Talking to two icons of the Civil rights movement we will explore how civil rights activism must continue to evolve to truly address the structural foundations of racism and then examine a lived experience to inform ongoing civil rights efforts and provide evidence in support of CRT.
Roland S. Martin
Over the course of a journalistic career that has seen him interview multiple U.S. presidents to the top athletes and entertainers in Hollywood, Roland S. Martin is a journalist who has always maintained a clear sense of his calling in this world.
Martin is the host and managing editor of #RolandMartinUnfiltered, the first daily online show in history focused on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports, and culture from an explicitly African American perspective.
He is also the CEO of Black Star Network, an OTT platform available on all platforms and features five other news and information shows.
From 2008, and until its final on-air sign-off, Martin was a senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, where his twice-a-week segment is heard by millions of listeners on upwards of 100 stations.
He is the author of three books: Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith; Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America; and The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin.
He has contributed to several others, including Paradox of Loyalty: An African American Response to the War on Terrorism by Julianne Malveaux; Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama by Sophia Nelson; Faivish Pewzner New York and Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge by Etan Thomas and Nick Chiles.
He has been named four times by Ebony Magazine as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States.
When Jet Magazine readers voted in 2012 for who is “King of the Hill” in terms of who they turn to on issues of concern to African Americans, Martin came on top, ahead of the likes of the Rev. Al Sharpton and Donna Brazile. NewsOne.com named as the number one Black pundit in the country; and he has been named several times to The Root 100, their annual list of influential African Americans.
In his career, Martin has been showered with more than 30 awards for journalistic excellence, including being named the Journalist of the Year in 2013 by the National Association of Black Journalists for his extensive focus on voter suppression and other issues of concern to African Americans during the 2012 election.
Martin was also awarded the 2008 President’s Award by the National Association of Black Journalists for his work in multiple media platforms. In 2008, he was also inducted into the Texas A&M University Journalism Hall of Honor.
He is a four-time NAACP Image Award winner, including named Best Host twice out of the last three years.
Minnijean Brown Trickey has lifelong experience and commitment to peacemaking; environmental issues; developing youth leadership; diversity education and training; cross-cultural communication; gender and social justice advocacy. Brown Trickey is one of the nine African American students who collectively resisted opposition to the desegregation to enter Little Rock Central High School in 1957, with protection from federal troops.
Minnijean’s teaching experience in social work includes Carleton University, and community colleges in Canada. She served in the Clinton Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Workforce Diversity at the Department of Interior. She was the Shipley Visiting Writer for Heritage Studies at Arkansas State University. For the past twenty years she has been a nonviolence and antiracism facilitator for Sojourn to the Past, a ten-day interactive history experience for high school students. She continues as a teacher, writer and motivational speaker. She is the mother of three sons and three daughters.
Brown Trickey is the recipient of numerous awards for her community work for social justice, including Lifetime Achievement Tribute by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, the International Wolf Award for contributions to racial harmony. With the Little Rock Nine, she received the NAACP Spingarn Medal and the Congressional Gold Medal. She is a member of the Little Rock Nine Foundation that awards nine scholarships bi-annually.
She holds a Bachelor of Social Work in Native Human Services from Laurentian University and Master of Social Work from Carleton University, in Ontario Canada. She is the recipient of four Honorary Doctorates.
She is the subject of a documentary, Journey to Little Rock: the Untold Story of Minnijean Brown Trickey, which has received critical acclaim in international film festivals in Africa, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, the U.S., South America and Canada. She was featured in People Magazine, Newsweek, the Ottawa Citizen, the BBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp, Donahue, CNN, the History Channel Turning Points in History, the HBO documentary, Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later, and a variety television, radio and print media. She appeared with the Little Rock Nine on Oprah, Today and numerous other media.
In 2016, Minnijean donated more than 20 personal objects to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The collection includes a Little Rock Central High School yearbook, a graduation dress, a personal letter from President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a notice of suspension and photographs. She is a proud mother and grandmother who still travels globally spreading a message of antiracism, nonviolence, peace and reconciliation.
Location: Michigan Union Grand Ballroom
Re’Monda Palmer, Jazz Singer
Elegant, smooth, rich and soulful are words often used to describe renowned vocalist Re’Monda. At a young age, the native Detroiter began her musical journey under the tutelage of Motown’s legend; Earl Van Dyke and gospel great Rudolph Hawkins. Re’Monda is a product of rich musical heritage gained by studying and performing with some of the best musical talents both in the US and abroad including Randy Scott, John E. Lawerence, Michael Mindingall, Alexander Zonjic, the late Al Mckenzie, and Rayse Biggs just to name a few.
Influenced by vibrant female musical legends such as Aretha Franklin, Phyllis Hyman, Anita Baker, Gladys Knight, Sarah Vaughn, and Nancy Wilson; her seemingly effortless and sultry sound, embodies the combined musical genres of jazz, Neo-soul, blues and gospel. Re’Monda has traveled around the country winning numerous awards and garnering a loyal fanbase with her amazing talent. As a featured soloist, Re’Monda dominates the stage with
renditions of “Ain’t No Way,” “Glad There Is You,” “Been So Long,” and “Neither One of Us.”
Born to perform and known for her characteristically rich and dynamic vocal abilities, she consistently delivers show-stopping performances once led by talented songstress of today and the days of yesteryears. Having performed for sold-out audiences at Ann Arbor’s five-star jazz venue, “The Blue Llama”, Re’Monda has proven herself to be a consummate entertainer and crowd-pleaser.
Devin Walls, Singer
Devin Walls was born to Myra (Xavier) Vereen, and Dion (Donnietra) Walls, on September 25, 2002, in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Devin received his high school diploma from the Early College Alliance (Lincoln High School) in 2020. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Eastern Michigan University. Devin release his first single, “You’re Due” on July 11, 2022.
Devin desires to make music that glorifies God, changes lives, and transcends generations and culture.
Location: Ingalls Mall
U-M and NAACP will partner to teach kids about Juneteenth and the History of the Cakewalk.
Saturday, June 18, 2022
- Registration is not needed to attend today’s events. Please come enjoy this time with family and friends.
Join us in our Community Unity March from Fuller Park (1519 Fuller Rd, Ann Arbor, 48105) to Wheeler Park (200 Depot St, Ann Arbor, 48104) in commemoration of Juneteenth. Free transportation available!
Fuller Park, 1519 Fuller Rd. Ann Arbor, 48105
Wheeler Park, 200 Depot St. Ann Arbor, 48104
- Hustle Lessons
- Children’s Activities
- Voter information and registration
New Hope Baptist Church
218 Chapin St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
- Blood Pressure Screenings
- A1C Screenings
- Cholesterol Screenings