Young Professionals Board’s Upcoming Events

WYL3-01Thursday, April 25,: AHF’s Young Professionals Board presents “What’s Your Legacy?: Impacting Our Communities 50 Years Later”

Join AHF’s Young Professionals Board at the Carver Theatre for a screening and panel discussion of “Black Power Mixtape.”

At 5:30 p.m., the YP Board will host a reception and tour of the Jazz Hall of Fame (in the Carver Theatre)

The documentary film screening and panel discussion will begin at 6:00 p.m.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Birmingham’s role in the Civil Rights Movement, the YP Board is hosting the event “What’s Your Legacy?: Impacting Our Communities 50 Years Later.” This program seeks to encourage young people and the young professional community to reflect on the role and history of youth activism during the Civil Rights Movement (CRM) and spark a call to action for youth leadership and civic engagement.

“The Black Power Mixtape” 1967-1975 – is a film that provides a global perspective of the events of the CRM and how it impacted the development of the Black Power Movement in America. It also looks at the legacy of those activists and how contemporary Black artists are inspired by their message through film, music, and the arts. Panelists will personally speak to their involvement in the CRM in Birmingham, but also allow young professionals to give voice to the impact the CRM and its activists have on their role in civic engagement. Click here for more information.

The panel discussion hopes to lay the historical and socio-cultural foundation for young professionals who may not know the stark realities and political push and pulls of this era, but also provide a framework for how activists positioned themselves in the Movement and found their voice.

Admission will not be charged for this event; however, donations will be accepted. All proceeds will benefit AHF programs.

Our Panelists Include:

Washington Booker III was born in Marengo County, Alabama in 1949.  According to Booker, he and his friends had become politicized by their daily experiences of segregation long before the organization of mass protest in 1963.  Rather than simply being participants in a protest strategy designed by others, Booker and his friends turned marches and meetings into vehicles for their own forms of dissent, community, and camaraderie.  Still, Booker described his participation in the movement as a transformative experience.  He joined the Marines in 1967 and later saw combat in Vietnam.  After returning to Birmingham in the early 1970s, Booker joined other veterans in founding the Alabama Black Liberation Front, an affiliate of the Black Panther Party.

Dr. Horace Huntley was previously a professor at UAB in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Huntley has worked extensively as a historian in the field of Civil Rights. He has previously served as the Director of the Oral History Project of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

T. Marie King is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and currently serves as Family Resource Center Coordinator at the Woodlawn Campus for the YWCA Central Alabama. She holds a B.A. in Urban and Global Economic Development, a M.A. in Leadership and will receive her M.A. in Divinity in May 2013. Marie has been a dedicated volunteer with youth focused organizations for over 20 years. Marie has a passion for mentoring youth, education reform, introducing children to artistic expression and connecting resources to the people who need them most. She is a blogger and is currently working on her first documentary. Marie is also Vice Chair for the Alabama Humanities Foundation Young Professionals Board.

Gwendolyn Ferreti Manjarrez was born in Miami, Florida, Gwendolyn Ferreti Manjarrez is the daughter of Mexican immigrants, a social anthropologist and community organizer working to advance immigrant justice in Alabama. She working to finish her dissertation at the University of Texas at Austin and currently works at the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama. As a researcher, Ms. Ferreti Manjarrez believes that it is essential for scholarly pursuits to advance the interests of social justice.  After the passing of Alabama’s anti-immigrant law, HB56, she has focused on helping the Latino immigrant community advance their own voices against injustice and has herself participated in legislative hearings, lobbying, direct action and civil disobediences to fight against this hateful legislation and push for just, humane and inclusive comprehensive immigration reform. She views the fight for immigrant justice as interconnected with the fight for racial, gender, class and queer equity.

Judge Helen Shores-Lee was educated in the Birmingham Public School System. She attended Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee where she received a B. A. degree in Psychology. She furthered her education by completing a Masters of Art degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, California. Upon coming home to Birmingham, she was employed in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as an Instructor of Clinical Psychology, where she provided outpatient services for individuals and families. After six years of employment with the Department of Psychiatry, she became Director of Clinical Outreach Services with the Jefferson County Department of Health-Western Mental Health Center. Judge Lee decided to attend law school after fourteen years of working in the field of mental health. In 1987, she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. While a student at Cumberland, Judge Lee served as Chair of the Juvenile Justice Committee. She is a 2003 graduate of the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada. Judge Lee currently serves as a Trustee for Leadership Birmingham and on the Advisory Board of Cumberland Law School.

Moderator: Theodore Roosevelt Foster, III was born in Birmingham, Alabama, he is a young scholar and educator in African American Studies and social activist for many social justice causes ranging from immigrant justice to the fight against mass incarceration, disability rights and equal education opportunity. He is a 2009 graduate of UAB and 2011 graduate of The Ohio State University with a MA in African American and African Studies.  Theo currently teaches in the African American Studies Program at UAB, from which he is an alum and in the Fall of 2013 will be pursuing a PhD in African American Studies at Northwestern University in Chicago. His research interests involve the intersection between Latina and Black (Afro-descendant) cultures and communities in the United States and the Andean nations of South America such as Peru, Colombia and Ecuador. He also has served on the Young Professional Board of the Alabama Humanities Foundation since its inception in 2011.

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