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2024 Agenda

If you never heal from what hurt you, You’ll bleed on people that didn’t cut you! - Unknown

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Whats Happening Brother - Unknown Artist

Day One
Thursday, June 20th

9 am to 4:30 pm


Morning Keynote

Dr. Deadric T. Williams is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as a sociologist specializing in structural racism and families. His research focuses on external conditions (i.e., state- and city-level structural racism) on racial stratification in poverty and economic hardship. He also studies the impact of stress-related biomarkers on the well-being of families and children.

Morning Workshops

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Dr. Antwan Player, assistant professor at Adler Graduate School
“Mental Health and Parenting: 
The taboo subjects…that ends today”

The purpose of this presentation is to foster an environment where these two concepts no longer serve as taboo but serve as enrichment and enlightenment. The objective is to challenge anecdotal evidence about mental health by understanding what mental health is. Participants can look forward to learning how mental health impact parenting practices from an Adlerian perspective. Lastly, since parenting does not come with a handbook, most people learn to parent from their parents based on what they witness during their early childhood. Participants attending this presentation will explore how childhood experiences of parenting can influence current parenting practices.

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Princess Titus, teacher, orator, and philanthropist
“Anthony's Choice”

A mother shares the story of her experience with Lifesource, the myths around donations, the impact on the community, and Anthony's Legacy.  

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Minkara Tezet is the Griot of Psychology and Psychiatry at the Cultural Wellness Center
“Fathering and the Birthing Process”

This workshop is a space to examine the process of supporting fathers through the birthing process and consider paternal support's impact on maternal health and childbirth outcomes.  


Participants who participate in the workshop will be asked to explore their own birth stories as sources of knowledge about trauma recovery and resilient practices that can become a path toward intergenerational healing for families and communities.

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Phillip McGraw, A Chicago-born poet, and photographer
Raj S, Associate Professor at Metropolitan State University
“Healing through Movement and Reflection”

The goal is to Accelerate and sustain the process of healing through intentional movement and reflection for both the individual as well as the community.



  • Increase the quality of returning from seeking distraction

  • Recover and Expand awareness of personal and community stories of power and resilience

  • Optimize the ability to maintain these skills, individually and in the community despite the circumstance.

William Drew, Owner, Mindful I Consulting LLC, and Healing House Yoga LLC
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Sidney Frye II, Program Manager with Olmsted County and Principal Consulting with Mind Shifts Consulting LLC
“The Power of Resiliency: Retelling Our Story”

The story of Black men in America is often told in terms of trauma and pain. What if we were to retell the story…not in terms of what happened to a people, but about what they did to survive? Learn how taking a strength-based approach can help change the narrative. In the process, gain a newfound appreciation for the power of resiliency and how one can help reframe struggle as a mechanism that produces strengths.

  • Attendees will learn Narrative Theory perspectives related to empowerment through oral tradition and storytelling.

  • Attendees will learn how taking a strength-based approach can help change the narrative on our understanding of our experiences.

  • Attendees will learn how to reframe struggle as a mechanism that produces strength and how overcoming discrimination can produce determination.

  • Attendees will learn more about what resiliency is and how, historically, Black communities have exemplified many key characteristics.


“Fireside Chat: Relationships, and stuff”

Dr. Moore and Sam Simmons will chat about relationships, family, community and other stuff.

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Dr. LaVonne M. Moore
CEO and Founder of Chosen Vessels Midwifery Services, and The Chocolate Milk Club

Sam Simmons, LADC Behavioral Consultant, Conference Co-Creator, and  co-host of the "Voices” radio show on KMOJ FM.

Afternoon Workshops

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Dr. Altreisha Foster, an author, scientist, baker, and entrepreneur
“Cake Therapy: How Baking Changed My Life”

Altreisha Foster is the author of “Cake Therapy: How Baking Changed My Life” She highlights the correlation between trauma, her life experiences, and hardships, and overcoming the sweet decadence of baking through her recipes. She finds peace, solace, remembrance, and renewal of life in her nurtured craft and has since been sharing it with the world.

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Zachary Hylton, Economic and Racial Equity Consultant
“Global Futures Dependent Upon Black Men's Healing”

This proposed session includes a presentation of ideas and a facilitated workshop discussion. Goals and Objectives of the Workshop:


  1. Explain theoretical and practical conceptualizations of system transformation.

  2. Explain the connection between Black Liberation and healing and system transformation.

  3. Explain the theoretical connections between system transformation and the Anthropocene.


Expected Outcomes for Participants

  1. Critically discuss the proposed connection between Black healing/liberation, system transformation, and the Anthropocene.

  2. Develop a critical framework to determine what is system transformation and what is not.

  3. Consider implications for developing system transformation efforts and participation in system transformation efforts across different communities.

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Kentral Galloway, program director 
Quincy Jones, Violence Prevention Case Manager
Next Step Program

The presenters will educate participants on the work and approach of the Next Step Program. Next Step is a hospital-based violence intervention program that connects youth and young adult victims of violent injury to resources and support.


The goals of the Next Step program are to:

  • Reduce re-injury and re-hospitalization for youth who are victims of violent injuries.

  • Support positive development and holistic healing for youth and families affected by violence.

  • Help interrupt the cycle of community violence.

Larry Burgess, Senior Case Manager
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Terron Edwards, Founder and Executive President of Fathers Making Progress
“Fathers Making Progress”

The workshop will explore trauma-informed, culture-sensitive outcome-driven approaches that lead to community healing and empowerment in the inner city Milwaukee neighborhoods they work in. This will be done through not just its founder but long-time participants, many whom are now members of its staff, telling the movement’s story of its rise into an organization that provides Black fathers the tools to provide Black Fathers the tools to impact our community.  We will also talk about current program offerings and demonstrate the growth space we create during their groups.

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Richard D. Smith, MA., National Trainer and Trauma Expert
“Divine Masculinity”

Richard explores the transformative potential of divine masculinity as a movement for healing and personal evolution among men. Smith defines divine masculinity as an integrative approach that promotes the balance of inner strength and vulnerability, emphasizing emotional intelligence, empathy, and self-awareness, allowing men to grow beyond antiquated gender roles and expectations.


Participants will engage in an interactive activity, designed by Smith, to promote self-reflection and open dialogue, allowing them to connect with their personal experiences and understand the potential impact of embracing divine masculinity in their lives and communities. By attending this presentation, attendees will gain valuable insights and tools to incorporate Richard Smith's divine masculine principles into their personal lives, relationships, and community engagement efforts, contributing to a healthier, more empowered future.

Afternoon Keynote

“A Family Story, from Intergenerational Trauma to Thriving.”

The presenter will use his family story to critically examine the link between historical and/or intergenerational trauma and current challenges in the black community and its relationship to family health. He will also explore practical trauma-informed, culture-sensitive approaches that celebrate family and uplift the community.

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18th Annual Sons of Bransford Awards

The goal of the Sons Of Bransford or SOB Awards is to recognize African American men and women who have positively impacted the social conditions of the community and the lives of individuals through their quiet and not-so-quiet leadership. In the spirit of the award, namesake Jim Bransford like him who is worthy of receiving their flowers while they can still smell them! 

5:30 p.m. at Metro State University, Main Great Hall

Day Two
Friday, June 21st

9 am to 12:30 pm

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Dr. Andre L. Johnson is the Founder, President and CEO of the Detroit Recovery Project Incorporated (DRP). DRP is a trailblazing multi-service non-profit agency that provides a wide spectrum of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services. In 2023, Dr. Johnson was appointed to serve as a SAMHSA National Advisory Council member.

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Sam Simmons

“The Future of Community Safety and Healing Panel”

The panel will critically examine the current challenges in the black community and their relationship to the future of the health of the family and explore practical trauma-informed, culture-sensitive approaches that lead to healing and community uplift.
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Dr. Deadric T. Williams
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Dr. Andre L. Johnson
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Jaton White

Named Later
Named Later

“You don’t have to be a man to fight for freedom.

All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being.” — Malcolm X

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