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“A role model is one who is aware that the babies are watching and acts accordingly.”

August 13th - Day One

9 am to 4:30 pm

Whats Happening Brother - Unknown Artist
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 "Healing is a Journey: Understanding and Using Post Traumatic Grow"


Brandon Jones M.A. is a psychotherapist and professor specializing in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), historical and intergenerational trauma, Social/Emotional Intelligence (EQ), and youth justice. He is a professor at Metropolitan State University and Century College. He lives by the motto of “Live life with Purpose on Purpose”.


Brandon is a Psychotherapist, Professor and currently serves as the Integrated Services Manager at Northpoint Health and Wellness Center. He specializations in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Historical and Intergenerational trauma, Social/Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Leadership, and Youth Justice. Born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Brandon has survived living in a home of domestic violence and various other forms of trauma. Brandon holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, a Masters in Community Psychology from Metropolitan State University, and a Masters in Psychotherapy (MFT) from Adler Graduate School. Brandon is also a 2013 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow. He is also professor at Metropolitan State University and Century College. He lives by the motto of “Live life with Purpose on Purpose”.

"Opioids in the African American Community: Addressing Inequity" Panel
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Randi Tolliver, PhD, CADC
Hazelden Publishing
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Andre L. Johnson  
President & CEO of the Detroit Recovery Project (DRP
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William Kellibrew, Director of the Office of Youth and Trauma Services for the Baltimore City Health Department
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Clarence Robert Jones, M.Ed, CPH, CHW, CPE., Community health Strategist for the Hue-MAN Partnership
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Rashida Fisher, Ph.D., LPCC, LADC-S, Chair of Clinical Specialties, Faculty Member and Student Advisor at Adler Graduate School
"Youth Violence Prevention, recipe for healthy communities" Panel
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Andre Canty, Associate, Planning & Programs, Cities United
Ingrid Cockhren, M.Ed, 
adjunct professor at
Tennessee State University
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Charles Dixon M.A., Children’s Trust Fund Consultant, Minnesota Department of Human Services
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Sasha Cotton
Youth Violence Prevention Coordinator for the City of Minneapolis 
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Kenton Kirby, Director of Trauma and Healing at The Center for Court Innovation

“Community Safety: addressing the Intersections of Domestic Violence" Panel
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Artika Roller,
Executive Director of Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault 
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Muhammed Jackson

Ramsey County Probation/Parole Officer, Adult Services Division

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Tiffany Turner-Allen
Founder of Blacktivism -The Collective: The Center for Peace and Prosperity in Black Communities
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Richard Smith,
National Director of HealingWorks
Sumayya Coleman
Fellow of the Maryland Nonprofit Association Advocacy Leadership Program

“The Intersection of Restorative Health Equity and Reparations”


Curtis Marshall works as a Public Health Strategist/Consultant for the Wisconsin Division of Public Health.  He currently leads strategic partnership development and has recently been reassigned as a COVID-19 regional community testing coordinator.   He provides technical assistance, and health equity consultation to local health departments, health consortiums, and community-based organizations and national workgroups.


Curtis has over twenty-five years of experience of assessing organizational capacity and readiness for leading population-based health improvement strategies.  He is recognized as an engaged change leader who builds, and facilitates healthcare partnerships, to make sustainable progress on community health issues.


Curtis has provided consultation to Wisconsin and national fatherhood agencies and consults on the impact of fatherhood on maternal child health and birth outcomes.   He co-authored the Wisconsin Statewide Fatherhood Plan under Former Governor Jim Doyle’s Administration.

August 14th - Day Two

9 am to 12:30 pm

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“Modern Abolitionism”

LaDonna Redmond is an activist that has worked on several initiatives that have created greater access for community residents. LaDonna co-founded a substance abuse treatment facility, Sisterhouse. Sisterhouse is dedicated to the recovery of women. LaDonna successfully worked to get Chicago Public Schools to evaluate junk food, launched urban agriculture projects, started a community grocery store and worked on federal farm policies to expand access to healthy food in low-income communities. 


LaDonna is a Qualified Administrator (QA) for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). LaDonna is also a facilitator who believes that every community has the intellect to heal itself. As a facilitator, LaDonna supports any configuration of a community to find its unique pathway to wholeness and sustainability.

"Healing the African American community during and beyond COVID-19 and Police Brutality" Panel
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Reverend Aledria "Lee" Buckley
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Adam J. Foss, Founder, Executive Director of Prosecutor Impact
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Dr. Rev Brian C. Herron,
Zion Baptist Church
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Leslie E. Redmond, President of the Minneapolis National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
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Rev. Mark A. Thompson, Pastor, Radio Boadcaster, MSNBC Commentator
and Activist
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 “Healing With A Knee On Black Necks”


Sam Simmons has over 30-years’ experience as an alcohol and drug counselor and behavioral consultant specializing in culturally sensitive trauma informed strategies and working African American males and their families. He is an Adverse Childhood Experience Interface Trainer in the state of Minnesota. Sam developed and managed a culturally-specific trauma informed project and curriculum that engages African American males to promote healthy relationships to end violence against women and girls and community violence. He received the 2016 Healing the Hidden Wounds of Racial Trauma award and the Black Tear Drop Award for his vision and leadership in culturally sensitive trauma informed work in the community and around the country. In 2018 Sam received Public Health Hero Award for his innovative, and culturally specific trauma informed work from the City of Minneapolis. Sam is co-creator of the Community Empowerment Through Black Men Healing conference called “Groundbreaking and Visionary and for that work in 2018 he received recognition from both Minneapolis and St. Paul Mayors and Minnesota’s’ Governor.

“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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