African American Children and Families Conference

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

February 21-22, 2019

Youth Track


Rev. Marshaundus L. Robinson

Rev. Marshaundus L. Robinson is the pastor of the Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church of Waterloo, IA. He was raised in Waterloo and hails from a family who provided him love and support during his early years. As a result he began going on the speaking circuit as requested by those who viewed him as an inspiration for the community and youth, especially. His journey began many years ago because he had a very valuable message to share with others.

He was called into the ministry at the very young age of 13 and began delivering the “Word of God” in churches and at many community events at the age of 17.  He has spoken at the Eastern District Association of the Education and Baptist Convention, the Iowa-Nebraska State Education and Baptist Convention, the Men’s Division Convention at Lake Geneva, and has been afforded many other opportunities nationally, spreading words of encouragement to youth as well as adults. By popular demand, Pastor Marshaundus is returning as our youth speaker for the third year.

As a servant in his community, he has been selected as our returning youth speaker for our  8th Annual Conference on African American Children and Families, during a time of urgency when the youth are interested in learning more about “the power of the people” and moving forward. Using the pulpit and the streets of Waterloo, Rev. Robinson, is recognized for his leadership and motivational speaker. 

He serves as a role model, and is  a promoter of social justice. He shares the message of obedience to the “Word” and non-violence, stressing that these bring blessings to those who heed.

His passion is to help youth find their God given purpose in life provides a colorful backdrop for his strong message of support representing hope for many who looking and moving toward a bright future.

He is married to Dr. Amber (Boyd) Robinson, Principal of the new Royal Legacy Christian School, Waterloo, Iowa. They are the proud parents of a baby girl, Ava James.


Sharrie Wright

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. She is currently the Assistant Principal at East High School and will Facilitate the Conference's first time- "Youth Speak Out" session! She joins us this year as a Conference Task Force member from the Waterloo Community School District.






*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 B - Youth Keynote Speaker Marshaundus Robinson - Pastor Corinthian Baptist Church, Room 409

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

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

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

*"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


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


Royal Legacy Christian Academy’s Schedule at the Conference on African American Children and Families, University of Northern Iowa’s Schindler Education Center, Friday, February 22, 2019

Welcome- Dr. Sarah Montgomery-

Black National Anthem- Celeste Bembry

Union Steppers Drill Team-Performance

8:15-8:25am- Arrive at Schindler Education Center, 2nd floor- Budke Auditorium- take the stage

8:30- 8:40- RLCA Students’ Performance

8:40-8:45- Mayors Quentin Hart and Jim

8:45- Speaker, Dr. Jamila Lyiscott- 9:15

9:15-9:25- Q&A

9:30-9:40- Snack/Refreshments- RLCA

9:45-9:55- Juana Hollingswoth/UNI gifts & bags for students

9:55- 10:00- Restroom if needed

10:00- 10:30- Specialized “Mindfulness” videorecording with Dr. Sarah Montgomery- IRTS Lab- Room 202- Closed session (only if RCLA staff want to go, but not the public) There will only be one session, so all of the children should be in the videorecording- no afternoon session- that changed

10:30- 11:00- Visit the Traveling Exhibit-  Draw Mindfulness pictures

11:00- 11:30- Look at books/play some table games in the IRTS Lab Conference Room (202c)

11:30- 11:45- Wash hands, get ready for lunch

11:45-12:15- Eat their lunches at one of the tables in the Lobby area (or a closed classroom on 3rd floor with staff supervision)

12:15- 12:45- Hear luncheon speaker

12:45- 1:00-Photos with author-illustrator

1:00-1:15- Collect all belongings and prepare to leave with family members