ZORA! Festival has organized a first-ever national conference to explore issues and concerns which occur, over and over, in communities of color and to determine ways of improving the quality of life for those persons who reside in them.
James W. Smith, Esq., Defense Attorney Denise Demps-Rollins, Major, Orange County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office These panelists will report on the harsh realities of the workings of the criminal justice system from the perspective of the professional whose job is to advance the best possible defense for a client charged with a crime, as well as […]
Panel Moderator: Mayor Johnny Ford, President, Historic Black Towns and Settlements Alliance, Inc. (HBTSA) Panelists — Mayor Eddie Cole, Eatonville, FL Mayor Alberta McCrory, Hobson City, AL Mayor Darryl Johnson, Mound Bayou, MS
Ms. Henderson will present the “Black Lives” perspective as these communities grapple with the frequent occurrence of loss of life of African American males at the hands of the police.
FEATURED PRESENTER: CARLENE JACKSON, BOARD PRESIDENT, NATIONAL URBAN HOUSING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION Utilizing a case study approach, Ms. Jackson will report on the success the non-profit she heads has experienced with working with ex-offenders. She will provide statistics on recidivism and show the relationship with gainful employment and not returning to the penitentiary.
Carlton Turner, Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS, a 4 decades-old collective of artists, based in the South, will identify past examples of how artists-activists have impacted under-served communities and will advance some of the current ROOTS strategies. Evelyn Martinez, a current member of the Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs Council, will explain the process […]