Reclaiming and Celebrating What Works: Passing the Torch

We envision a Congress of working delegates and praxis* teams who represent educators at all levels, parents, students and community activists. To effect our agenda, the intentional integration of knowledge systems from pre-school to higher education, family and community-based learning, including the arts, are required.

Program Schedule
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October 10, 2013

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Registration

Optional Pre-Congress Activities (Registration Required)

10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. ABEC Course

“Educating Students of African Ancestry for Academic and Cultural Excellence for the New Millennium”

Instructors: Dr. Joyce E. King, Dr. Gloria Boutté, Dr. Enid Lee,

Dr. Brian Williams, Dr. Janice Fourmillier,

Teaching Assistants: Mr. Chike Akua, Ms. LaToya Russell,

Ms. Zakiyyah Zai’mah.

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Grant Writing 101 / Meet the Funders

Instruction & Introductions by Debra Watkins, M.Ed., M.S.

Founder, California Alliance of African American Educators

4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception

Drum Processional, Libation, Musical Selection

Greetings & Comments by Congress Co-Chairs 

Dr. Iva Carruthers, Dr. Joyce King, Debra Watkins

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Opening Plenary & Keynote Address      

by Dr. Adelaide Sanford

7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Break

8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Opening Evening Entertainment

by Daniel Beatty, MFA

9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Delegate Networking  

Speaker Lineup
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1- Na'im Akbar
Dr. Na’im Akbar

Clinical Psychologist

clinical psychologist who is considered a pioneer in the development of an African-centered approach in modern psychology. Akbar is currently on the faculty in the Department of Psychology at Florida State University.

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2-Barbara R. Arnwine
Barbara Arnwine, Esq.

executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Barbara R. Arnwine has served as the executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law since 1989. Born in southern California, Ms. Arnwine is a graduate of Scripps College and Duke University School of Law.

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3-Daniel Beatty
Daniel Beaty

an award-winning actor, singer, writer, and composer

Last season he had an extended off-Broadway run of his acclaimed solo play THROUGH THE NIGHT produced by Daryl Roth.

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Anthony Browder
Anthony Browder

author, publisher, cultural historian, artist, educational consultant and “Cultural Memory Specialist.”

He is a graduate of Howard University’s College of Fine Arts and has lectured extensively throughout the United States, Africa, Caribbean, Mexico, Japan and Europe on issues related to African and African American History and Culture.

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5-Tony Burroughs
Tony Burroughs


Burroughs researched Olympic Gold Medal sprint champion Michael Johnson’s family history and consulted on the Reverend Al Sharpton-Strom Thurmond genealogy; the Oprah Winfrey genealogy; African American Lives 2; The Real Family of Jesus, and consulted with Chicago Public Schools, New York Public Schools, Chicago City Colleges, and

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