Speakers, Presenters, and Committees

98th Annual ASALH National Conference

Oct 02, 2013 07:00am - Oct 06, 2013 04:00pm
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Event Type: Conference
Category: ASALH National Event

Speaker Information

Plenary Speakers, Convention Honorary Co-Chairs and Honorary Committee

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

African American Studies Past & Present:
A Session in Appreciation of John H. Bracey

Friday, October 4, 2013

How Free is Free?: The March Since 1963

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Making Emancipation: From a Black Reconstruction to a Black President

2013 Honorary Convention Co-Chairs



C. Ronald Belton
Assistant to the Mayor - Chief Financial Officer, Jacksonville, FL
Shortly before taking office, Jacksonville, Florida’s Mayor Alvin Brown named Archon C. Ronald(Ronnie) Belton of Gamma Beta Boulé to serve as the city’s chief financial officer/assistant to the mayor. Archon Belton was confirmed for the position by the city council on August 23, 2011.
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The Honorable Corrine Brown
U.S. Representative (D-FL5)
Congresswoman Corrine Brown currently represents Florida's Fifth Congressional District. She serves as the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure's Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, and as a senior member on the Committee on Veterans Affairs.
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Dr. Barbara A. Darby
President - Florida State College at Jacksonville, North Campus
Dr. Barbara Darby has served in the role of Campus President for the North Campus & Nassau Center of Florida State College at Jacksonville since 1998. The North Campus, located on 168 acres of land near the Jacksonville International Airport, serves approximately 20,000 students annually from Duval and Nassau counties with a wide range of career programs.
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President John A. Delaney
President - University of North Florida
John A. Delaney became UNF’s fifth president in 2003. In that capacity, he oversees a campus of more than 16,000 students, 600 faculty and more than 1,000 staff. The 1,381 acre campus in Northeast Florida is considered a driver in the region, with an annual economic impact of nearly $1 billion. Each year, 4,000 students graduate from UNF’s five colleges: the Brooks College of Health, the Coggin College of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction and the College of Education and Human Services.
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The Honorable Audrey L. Gibson
State Senator (FL-Dist. 9)
Audrey Gibson is a native of Jacksonville's northside. She attended local schools in Jacksonville and graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor's in Criminology. She is the proud mother of adult children. Her hobbies include sporting events, formula and NASCAR racing, horseback riding, music and theatre.
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President Nathaniel Glover
President - Edward Waters College
On April 11, 1995, Nathaniel Glover, Jr. made history as the first elected African American sheriff in Florida in more than 100 years. He served for two terms and retired from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office on June 30, 2003. Currently, he serves as the 29th President of Edward Waters College, Florida’s oldest private institution of higher learning, located in Jacksonville, Florida.
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Former Senator Anthony (Tony) Hill
Federal Policy Director
Office of Mayor Alvin Brown - Jacksonville, FL
Born September 9, 1957, Senator, Dr. Tony Hill currently serves as Federal Policy Director for Mayor Alvin Brown, the first African American Mayor elected to the office of Mayor in Jacksonville, FL. He is a Life Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., (Theta Phi Chapter) and Chair of the NAACP Florida State Conference Labor Roundtable. Senator Hill currently holds two Honorary Doctorate of Law degrees, the first from Edward Waters College in 1995 and most recently from Bethune-Cookman University. In August 2012, he received a rare and prestigious honor and joined the ranks of a select group of men inducted into the historic Montford Point Marine Association Hall of Fame.
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Mr. Rodney L. Hurst, Sr.
Civil Rights Advocate and Author
Rodney L. Hurst Sr.'s award winning book, It was never about a hot dog and a Coke®!, subtitled "A Personal Account of the 1960 Sit-in Demonstrations in Jacksonville, Florida and Ax Handle Saturday" recounts with clarity the events leading to, and the fallout from the bloody events of August 27, 1960. On that date, 200 whites with ax handles and baseball bats attacked members of the Jacksonville, Florida Youth Council NAACP, who were peacefully protesting segregation and Jim Crow Laws sitting in at "white lunch counters". The press named that day Ax Handle Saturday.
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Dr. Edison O. Jackson
President - Bethune-Cookman University
Dr. Jackson has spent his lifetime serving at institutions of higher education, including Essex Community College; Compton Community College; Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York; and, after serving as the interim president, recently appointed as the 6 th president at Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Dr. Jackson is a visionary leader committed to excellence and producing world class graduates. Dr. Jackson serves at Bethune-Cookman to "not only to lead, but to move this institution to new heights: from 'great' to 'greater'."
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The Honorable Mia L. Jones
State Representative (FL-Dist.14)
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Representative Mia Jones was elected to the Florida House of Representatives to represent District 14, in November 2008 and was subsequently re-elected without opposition in 2010, for her second term. Previously, she served on the Jacksonville City Council from 2003 to 2008.
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Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
Bishop Rudolph Waldo McKissick, Sr. is Senior Pastor of the Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, located in Jacksonville, Florida, where he has served for over 46 years. With an abiding faith in God and guidance by the Holy Spirit, he provides leadership to a congregation which now numbers more than 12,000 members
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Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr., is Senior Pastor of the Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, located in Jacksonville, Florida. Since his return to Bethel in 1995, over 10,000 thousand souls have been added to the ministry, bringing the active discipleship to well over 14,000. Bishop McKissick is uniquely gifted at blending styles of worship from the very contemporary and urban down to the traditional without sacrificing one for the other. It has resulted in a church that is built around a unique diversity of persons from various age groups and cultures who all gather together in an exciting and diverse worship experience weekly.
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Dr. Brenda R. Simmons-Hutchins
Independent Educational Consultant
Dr. Simmons-Hutchins retired from Florida State College at Jacksonville after a 37-year association with the institution as a student, faculty member, and administrator. Her teaching positions were in the areas of English Composition, Literature and the Humanities. Dr. Simmons' last position was Executive Dean for Instruction and Student Services responsible for the liberal arts, workforce and student success programs at the North Campus.
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Nikolai P. Vitti, Ed.D
Superintendent, Duval County Public Schools
Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti was appointed as Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools (DCPS), the nation’s 22nd largest school system, in November of 2012. His goal is to improve the district from good to great by increasing the achievement levels of all students.Prior to being named Superintendent of DCPS, Dr. Vitti was the Chief Academic Officer of Miami­Dade County Public Schools, where he led 66 of the lowest­performing schools in the county.
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Lt. Col. Alton W. Yates, Sr.
Air Force Veteran, LT. COL. (Retired) USAF
Civil Rights Advocate
Alton W. Yates is a native of Jacksonville's LaVilla Park Neighborhood. He was the second of seven children and attended public schools in Jacksonville. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Florida International University, Miami, Florida; and his Master's Degree in Urban Studies from Occidental College, Los Angeles, California. He is a Yale University/Ford Foundation Graduate National Urban Fellow.
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2013 Honorary Convention Committee


Dr. Suzan Armstrong-West
Edward Waters College

Mr. Michael Blaylock
Retired Jacksonville Transit Authority

Ms. Betty Burney
Education Star Corp.

Dr. Richard Danford
President
Jacksonville Urban League

Mr. John Delaney
President
University of North Florida

Dr. Anthony Dixon
Riley Museum Historian and Archivist
John G. Riley House & Museum

The Honorable Pauline Drake
Judge
Duval County (FL) Court

Mr. Nathaniel Ford
CEO
Jacksonville Transit Authority

Mr. Nathaniel Glover
President
Edward Waters College

Rev. R.L. Gundy
Pastor & SCLC President
Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church
SCLC Local /State Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Dr. Tameka Hobbs
Assistant Professor of History
Florida Memorial University

Dr. Willis Holcombe
Interim President
Florida State College at Jacksonville

Dr. Edison Jackson
President
Bethune-Cookman University

Dr. David H. Jackson, Jr

Ms. Leslie Jean-Bart
President
D.W. Perkins Bar Association

Rev. Carlton Jones
Pastor
Gateway to Heaven Christian Church

Mr. Warren Jones
Councilman
Jacksonville District 9 City Council

Dr. Orrin Mitchell

Mr. Khamil Ojoyo
Past President

Ms. Marsha Oliver

Dr. Nathan Perry, Jr

Ms. Marsha Phelts
Retired Author and Historian

Ms. Ju'Coby Pittman
CEO
Clara White Mission

Mrs. Pam Quarles
CEO
The Quarles Group, LLP Management Consultants

Mr. Luther Quarles
The Quarles Group, LLP Management Consultants

SGM Jarvis Rosier
2nd Infantry Regiment United States Colored Troops

Mr. Isaiah Rumlin
President
NAACP, Jacksonville, FL

Dr. James Sampson
Pastor/President
First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church
Florida General Baptist Convention, Inc.

Mrs. Betty Sessions

Dr. Charles E. Simmons
Simmons Pediatrics

Dr. Roy Singleton
Retired Educator

Ms. Angela Spears
Special Assistant to the Mayor, Office of Mayor Alvin Brown

Mr. Anthony Stafford
33KYCH Most Worshipful Grand Master
Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge

Dr. Rowena Stewart
Retired Museum Curator

Mr. Joe Tillmon
President
Buffalo Soldiers Historical Society

Mr. Lloyd Washington
President
Durkeeville Historical Society

Dr. Norma White
Former National President
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


Speaker Name Organization Session
Lewis Regina A. Pikes Peak Community College Thursday Teacher's Workshop 2013
Steinberg Jeffrey Sojourn to the Past Thursday Luncheon 2013 Jacksonville
Simmons-Hutchins Brenda R. Jacksonville (James Weldon Johnson) Branch of ASALH Friday Woodson Luncheon 2013 Jacksonville
Whitehead Karsonya Wise Loyola University-Department of Communication Friday Woodson Luncheon 2013 Jacksonville
Neal La Vonne I. Northern Illinois University Thursday Teacher's Workshop 2013
Kinsey Bernard W. KBK Enterprises, Inc. Saturday Luncheon 2013 Jacksonville
Franklin V.P. University of California-Riverside Journal of African American History Reception 2013 Jacksonville
Cole Johnnetta Smithsonian National Museum of African Art ASALH Banquet 2013 Jacksonville
Jones Carlton Gateway to Heaven Christian Church Ecumenical Breakfast 2013 Jacksonville
Evers-Everette Reena Sojourn to the Past Thursday Luncheon 2013 Jacksonville
McNair Lisa Sojourn to the Past Thursday Luncheon 2013 Jacksonville