African American Children and Families Conference

The Power of Our People, Strength Through History, Culture, Hope, Experience and Collective Stories

February 21-22, 2019

Conference Schedule


*Indicates Youth Track

7 - 8:00 am   REGISTRATION & REFRESHMENTS in SEC 1st Floor 

8 - 8:30 am    Community Youth Group performance 

8:00 - 8:15 am   Royal Legacy Christian Academy 

8:15 - 8:30 am   Union Steppers Drill Team - Pastor Marvin Jenkins (Lobby)

                          National Black Anthem - Celeste Bembry, Student Recruitment & Retention - CHAS

8:35 - 8:40 am   Welcome by Dr. Sarah Montgomery, UNI Conference Task Force 

8:40 am    Greetings The Honorable Mayors, Quentin Hart, City of Waterloo & Jim Brown, City of Cedar Falls
                 Introduced by Ms. Angela Weekley of Veridian Credit Union Community Outreach

Keynote Speaker

8:45 am - 9:20 am     Dr. Jamila Lyiscott 

9:10 to 9:20   Social Justice Advocate, Asst. Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA Q & A

9:20 am - 9:35 am   BREAK (Exhibits)

9:40 am - 10:40 am   LARGE GROUP SESSIONS

Large Group Session A - Town Hall, A Call to Action Discussion on banning preschool Suspensions and Expulsions Supported by the NBCDI, Dr. Gloria Kirkland Holmes  Room 217/ 218

*Large Group Session B - Youth Keynote Speaker Marshaundus Robinson - Pastor Corinthian Baptist Church    Room 409

10:00am-10:30am   Closed session Video recording "Mindfulness", Dr. Sarah Montgomery and children from RLCA, Room 202e

10:50 am - 11:40 am   BREAKOUT SESSIONS I

*Black Girls Do Matter - panel discussion on R. Kelly led by Lisa Ambrose, AMANI   Room 303

Establishing Legacy in Education: How to challenge the culture through Spirituality and Respect in school by Chassidi Martin, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Royal Legacy Christian Academy. How do we move from teaching information to establishing a meaningful legacy that will enrich and better our community through how we, "do school?"   Room 306

Cultivating School-Based Literacies Among African American Families - Dr. Tiffany Flowers, Georgia State University   Room 404

*Guest Author/Illustrator - Dr. Jan Spivey Gilchrist   Room 406

Campaign for Grade Level Reading Disparity in Literacy for kids of color - Stephanie Shavers, Program Manager, Operation Threshold   Room 217

*Bridging the Gap Between Home and School -Theodora Jn Baptiste, CEO/Founder Authentic Breakthrough, LLC.   Room 218

Chosen - Taking a look at the phenomena of human trafficking and how it affects youth and adults by Yoshida Thomas, Human Trafficking Specialist at Friends of the Family.   Room 409

Prayer in Schools, Earnestine Meakins Evangelist and Motivational Speaker, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa will lead a special session on prayer in the schools. What is happening in those states that have put prayer back in the schools?   Room 202c

*"Youth Speak Out" ! Mrs. Sharrie Wright is a long time advocate for students in the Waterloo Community School district from elementary grades up to high school. She has served as a role model by providing a variety ethnic, cultural and educational experiences for students in the schools and in the community.   Room 222

11:00 am - 1:00 pm   NOTE - Lunch available in SEC Lobby

*Keynote Speaker

12:00 - 1:00   Dr. Hilton Louis, Social Justice Advocate   Room 217/ 218

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm   SPECIALIZED SESSION

PANEL OF JUDGES AND JUVENILE JUSTICE ADMINISTRATORS: Meet some of Iowa's judges and officials who know the importance of family engagement, prevention and intervention to help decrease the number of youth entering the juvenile justice system.   Room 220

As a Waterloo school administrator for 18 years, Sharrie has worked tirelessly with the youth of our community to foster paradigm shifts of change in their minds through educational development and support. She has organized affinity groups, known as C.L.A.S.S.I, S.A.S.S.I. and now Women of Tomorrow whose focus has been on self-empowerment and building positive self-images. Sharrie is also a co-founder of A.A.M.A.S for males focusing on graduation and leadership skills.

2:50 pm - 4:00 pm   SPECIAL COMMUNITY FORUM

Black Students, the Cry to all: Parents, families, educators, university faculty, students, social worker and all! Dr. Gail Thompson. Response by Mr. Leon Mosley on behalf of the community followed by Q & A   Room 220

4:10 - 4:15   Pick up certificates