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Thursday, June 18 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Criminalization of Blackness, Poverty, and Youth

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Featuring voices from Baltimore, Ferguson, and other corners of the criminal justice movement, including: the President’s Task Force on Policing Reform, and the mother of Jordan Davis, Lucia McBath, this Summit Session will dig deep to discern the needed shifts in policy, economic opportunity, grant funding, and movement building needed to fix America’s broken justice system.

Moderators
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Rev. Starsky Wilson

President and CEO, Deaconess Foundation
Rev. Starsky D. Wilson is president and CEO of Deaconess Foundation, a faith-based grant-making organization devoted to advancing child well-being in the St. Louis region, and pastor of Saint John’s Church (The Beloved Community). He serves on national boards for the United Church of Christ Cornerstone Fund and the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference and on regional boards for United Way, YMCA, FOCUS-St. Louis, Teach for America, and the... Read More →

Featured Participants
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Rev. Heber Brown III

Pastor, Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, Baltimore, Md.
Rev. Heber M. Brown III is blessed to serve as pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, Md. Brown is serious about experiencing the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. Therefore he works alongside a variety of community organizations that address issues such as homelessness, poverty, racism, worker’s rights, environmental justice, peacemaking, and national/international social justice concerns. He is a regular voice in... Read More →
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Lucia McBath

National spokesperson and the mother of Jordan Davis, Everytown
Lucia McBath is the mother of Jordan Davis, who was shot and killed November 23, 2012, at a gas station in Jacksonville, Fla., during an argument over loud music. The shooter used Florida’s dangerous "Stand Your Ground" law as his defense. In an October 2014 retrial, the shooter was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. McBath is a national spokeswoman for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, for which... Read More →
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Brittany Packnett

Executive Director, Teach for America–St. Louis
The child of educators and a St. Louis native, Brittany Packnett taught third grade in southeast Washington, D.C., in 2007. Following her time in the classroom, Brittany worked in federal education policy and advocacy for low-income students around the nation as a Capitol Hill staffer and a director of government affairs for Teach for America. Recently, Packnett has been working to amplify the voice of young people in Ferguson through national... Read More →
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Craig Scandrett-Leatherman

Co-Founder, Faith for Justice, St. Louis
Craig Scandrett-Leatherman, an activist-anthropologist and pastor-organizer, promotes leadership and community development. He is co-founder of Faith for Justice in St. Louis, which encourages biblical activism and makes bridges between churches and protest communities. He also thinks, listens, talks, and writes about black/white manhood and Afro-Pentecostal/white church power.
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Joey Williams

Lead Organizer, Faith in Action Kern County (PICO)
Joey Williams is lead organizer for Faith in Action Kern County (PICO), in Bakersfield, Calif. The gangs, drugs, and fast life consumed Williams as a youth, yet faith and family helped provide a new path. Williams attended school in Santa Barbara, Calif., and finished at CSU Bakersfield. He developed a passion for organizing around immigration, labor, and politics. He became a youth pastor, community leader, and organizer of education and... Read More →

Artists
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Amena Brown

Amena Brown is a poet, speaker, author, and event host. Named one of Rejuvenate Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Changemakers, Brown is the author of four spoken-word CDs and the nonfiction book Breaking Old Rhythms. She has performed and spoken at events across the nation, such as Creativity World Forum, Creative Mornings, and Chick-fil-A Leadercast, and has toured with the Gungor band, Ann Voskamp, and the Reconnect HBCU Tour. She and her... Read More →
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Brittini Gray

Organizer, Metropolitan Congregations United
Brittíni is pursuing her M.Div. at Eden Theological Seminary. Her years of experience in community and youth development led her to St. Louis to work with Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU) after doing a year of service in Buffalo, NY where she first started community organizing. Through her organizing, Brittíni has organized issue-oriented campaigns related to education, voter engagement, public transit and criminal justice... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Pryzbyla Great Room