St.Lawrence African Methodist Episcopal Church, 549 East Kennedy Boulevard 32751
Day 2 — Communities Conference: Civic Conversations Concerning 21st Century American Life in Communities of Color, Friday, January 27, 7:30 AM- 4:45 PM
A Partnership between the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.) and Rollins College
Focus — Communities of Color and Their Policing
Objective — To advance a discussion which can contribute to an understanding of how the current criminal justice system works in these communities by
(A) Providing a context for the subject, utilizing research that documents the country’s history in terms of the police and the residents living in these communities; and by
(B) Featuring presenters — scholars, representatives of the criminal justice system, local elected officials, and citizen activists from the non-profit sector — in an effort to bring forward as complete a picture as possible which depicts the current circumstances facing these communities and the nation as a whole.
Day 2 Conference Format, All sessions, plenary
Location: All sessions in Historic Eatonville at the St.Lawrence African Methodist Episcopal Church, 549 East Kennedy Boulevard 32751
Morning Schedule 9:00 – 9:50
Featured Presenter – Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Ph.D.
Professor of History, Race and Public Policy, Harvard University
Suzanne Young Murray, Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies
African American Communities and the Police — What the Historical Record Reveals
Dr. Muhammad’s remarks will provide a fast-moving survey of the topic in order to provide a context for the day’s consideration of the topic
10:00 – 10:50
But What of Recent History [1960s – ]?
Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D., University of Florida
Elizabeth Hinton, Ph.D., Harvard University
Based on their research, these scholars will present findings which offer an explanation as to how communities of color have arrived at their current state
11:00 – 11:50
It’s a Dangerous World Out There — Officers of the Court Share
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 from the perspective of the law enforcement officer.
The Realities of Policing in a Historic Black Town
1:30 – 2:20
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
2:30 – 3:20
The Role of the Non-Profit within the Criminal Justice Discussion
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.
3:20 – 4:20
The Role of Citizen Activism
Featured Presenter: Ash-Lee Henderson, Project South, Regional Organizer
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.