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Slavery, Civil Rights, and the Next Generation - A Special Evening Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the Freedom House Museum

Northern Virginia Urban League

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Freedom House Museum--Fifth Anniversary Celebration

2013 is a pivotal year that will mark the anniversary of several watershed moments in U.S. History, notably, the 150th anniversary of signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Locally, it is also the 5th anniversary of the Freedom House Museum. Housed in the headquarters of the Northern Virginia Urban League, the Freedom House Museum is the former site of the nation’s most profitable domestic slave trading company and tells the story of an unsettling period in U.S. history.

To commemorate this historic year, the Northern Virginia Urban League is hosting a panel discussion and symposium featuring a distinguished panel of journalists, civil rights leaders, young community leaders, and academicians on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The program, entitled Slavery, Civil Rights and the Next Generation, will be held at the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA. The focus of the dialogue will be to discuss the role of the slavery and the civil rights movement in the lives of the African American community today, and in particular, the youth.

How did slavery shape our culture and social dynamics as we know them today?

Are organizations like the Urban League, which played a key role in the Civil Rights movement, still relevant and/or necessary?

Why should remembering our history be important to youth?

We hope to answer these questions, and several others in what will be a lively exchange. To learn more about the Freedom House, visit www.freedomhousemuseum.org.

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Just announced! Sam Ford of ABC7/WJLA-TV will moderate the panel.



Sam Ford, WJLA/ABC-7

Sam Ford is a general assignment reporter for ABC7/WJLA-TV.  He joined the station's team in 1987. Previously, Sam spent nine years as a correspondent for CBS News.  During his tenure at the network, Sam was stationed at CBS bureaus in New York, Atlanta, and Washington. Prior to CBS, he reported to WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  After earning a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Kansas, Sam attended graduate school for journalism at the University of Minnesota. He is married to free-lance reporter Gloria Murray, with whom he has a son and daughter.



Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley

Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley was installed as the eighth pastor of Alfred Street Baptist Church in 2008. A native of Chicago, he is a beloved and courageous pastor, servant-leader, distinguished visionary, faithful friend and a highly sought after lecturer and preacher. Since taking the pulpit in April 2008, nearly 3,000 have joined in fellowship with the Alfred Street Baptist Church family, bringing its membership to over 5,000. Dr. Wesley is a 1994 summa cum laude graduate of Duke University and has received numerous awards and accolades. He is associated with the Alexandria NAACP, the Northern Virginia Urban League, the Community Coalition for Haiti, a member of the Board of Directors for the Hopkins House, the Board of the John Leland Center for Theological Studies and the Institute for Responsible Citizenship; and a member of the board of Exceptional Gifts, an organization to advance the lives of underprivileged, special needs children and youth adults through educational and cultural experiences. He is passionate about proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, making the Word of God relevant in the lives of believers, and building the Kingdom of God in the congregation and community.




Mary MillbenMary Millben, whose rise to fame continues to soar, is rapidly making a name for herself in the entertainment industry. A Helen Hayes Award nominee and former White House presidential appointee for President George W. Bush, Mary has been a featured soloist at the White House, the Kennedy Center, and on stages in Croatia, China, Austria, Germany, Italy, and Greece. Among her many accomplishments, Mary has been a featured soloist for events hosting President Barack Obama and the First Family, President George W. Bush and the First Family, The Honorable Queen Noor, Mr. Bill Cosby, Dr. Maya Angelou, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and others. Most recently, Mary performed a solo concert in Zagreb, Croatia hosted by The Honorable Kenneth Merten, U.S. Ambassador to Croatia, and the U.S. Embassy in Croatia for Black History Month. This past December, Mary was the headliner for the 2013 Copacabana ‘Broadway Royale’ New Year’s Eve Show in New York hosted by Tony Award Winner Dale Badway and William Benson, Chairman of Billionaires Row. A native Oklahoman and southern belle, Mary received her training at the University of Oklahoma, and was a resident student in China at several universities. Mary is proud to serve as a Global Ambassador for Education Africa and an advisory board member for Veteran Central.



Dr. Greg Carr

Greg Carr is Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Chair of Afro-American Studies at Howard University and Adjunct Faculty at the Howard School of Law. As the School District of Philadelphia’s First Resident Scholar on Race and Culture, Dr. Carr led a team of academics and educators in the design of the curriculum framework for Philadelphia’s mandatory high school African American History course. He is a co-founder of the Philadelphia Freedom Schools Movement, a community-based academic initiative that has involved over 13,000 elementary, high school and college students. Dr. Carr has presented his curriculum work for the Board of Public Education in Salvador, Bahia, and has lectured across the U.S. and in Ghana, Egypt, South Africa, Brazil, France, and England, among other places.  His publications have appeared in: The National Urban League’s 2012 State of Black America, The African American Studies Reader, Africana Studies, and Malcolm X: A Historical Reader among other places. He has represented Howard University as a spokesman in a wide range of print and electronic media, including The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, MSNBC, National Public Radio, BBC, Voice of America, the Tavis Smiley Show, the Dianne Rheim Show, and CNN. He holds a Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University and a JD from the Ohio State University College of Law.


Kathy Harris


 Kathy Harris is the Chief of Staff at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TCMF). Prior to joining TMCF, Ms. Harris worked as an attorney in a private practice in Tampa, Florida. In addition to her legal career, Ms. Harris has over twenty years of local government experience serving as the Assistant County Administrator for Human Services in Hillsborough County, and Director of Human Services in Broward County. Her government career also includes working for the Florida House of Representatives, the South Carolina House of Representatives and the United States Senate. Ms. Harris also served as an adjunct professor at Barry University where she taught “Leadership in Public Organizations” in the MPA program. Ms. Harris received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of South Carolina, a Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College, in New York City, the end result of a National Urban Fellowship, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law.



Avis Jones-DeWeeverAn authoritative voice on race, gender, politics, and the production of positive social change, Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, is widely regarded as one of the most engaging and informative political and social commentators in the U.S. She currently serves as the Host of Focus Point with Avis Jones-DeWeever, a new National Public Radio show which examines the intersection of race, gender, politics, and life. A social entrepreneur, Dr. Jones-DeWeever also serves as President & CEO of Incite Unlimited, LLC, and is the Founder of Black Women Aligned for Positive Action. Formerly, Dr. Jones-DeWeever served as the Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women, leading the organization at a particularly crucial moment in its history following the death of Civil Rights and Women's Rights icon, Dr. Dorothy Height. Dr. Jones-DeWeever is also the author of numerous publications focused on policy issues of particular importance to women and the African American community, including her forthcoming book, Standing in Our Own Way:  The Limits of Black Black Progress in the Age of Obama.


Julian B. KigandaJulian B. Kiganda is Managing Partner at Vibrant Design Group—a multicultural marketing and design firm. Her firm designed the Freedom House Museum, as well as the National Urban League’s 2010 Centennial Exhibit—two milestone projects that tell critical stories in African American history. Her clients represent a broad spectrum of the nonprofit, government, educational, and corporate sectors—from the National Urban League and the African Union, to National Geographic and the African American Experience Fund. Julian has been featured in various local and national media for her expertise in multicultural marketing and design including: Communication Arts, HOW Magazine, the Huffington Post, Washington Examiner, NPR, WHUR 96.3 FM, Black Web 2.0, and many others. She is an active public speaker and mentor and has been invited to present at the World Bank, Peace Corps, the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, Art Institutes of Washington, Alabama State University, Howard University and many others. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Marymount University.


Yohance Maqubela

Yohance Maqubela is a seasoned professional in the areas of educational administration and business management, and he currently serves as the Executive Director of the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science (MS)2. Mr. Maqubela worked closely with the founder to create the school’s strategic plan and guide the organization through the startup phase. During his tenure, (MS)2 has become one of Washington, DC’s highest performing public schools. Prior to relocating to Washington, DC, Mr. Maqubela was the Managing Director of the Courtland Business Development Group (CBDG), a boutique economic development firm based in New York City. With his guidance, CBDG assisted its clients in obtaining total private investment capital, debt financing, and private sector procurement in excess of $100 million.Mr. Maqubela is a graduate of Phillips Academy Andover and Howard University. He enjoys volunteering as a motivational speaker and playing team sports.




Tendani Mpulubusi El

Throughout public school, Tendani escaped the world of guns, drugs and girls by absorbing himself in building things. In 2008, Tendani Mpulubusi El became the youngest board member in the District of Columbia serving as the Ward 8 Commissioner of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH). Today as a multi-media artist, musician, teacher, and renowned filmmaker, he uses all that he has to build his community. He uses the camera to give youth hope. After discovering his passion for filmmaking through volunteer work with the Earth Conservation Corps, he completed his certification in audio/video production and began tackling filmmaking projects of his own. His film, “Barry Farm: Past and Present,” gives historical insight into the Barry Farm community, including its prominent former residents such as Frederick Douglass and Solomon G. Brown, the first African American to work at the Smithsonian Institute.He continues to work as a liaison between the local government and grassroots community to educate his community about government initiatives and development projects while using his facilitation methods, graphic design and marketing expertise to enhance communications efforts. Mpulubusi, says his film preserves the history of his community, his people, and the people of Barry Farm. “If you aren’t telling your story, then someone else will be,” he said. “And if you don’t know your history, you can’t provide for your present or future.”

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When & Where

Alfred Street Baptist Church
301 South Alfred Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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Northern Virginia Urban League

The Northern Virginia Urban League (NOVAUL) is a non-profit, nonpartisan, multi-ethnic, and social service organization. Established in 1910, the Urban League is the nation's oldest and largest community- based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream. Today, the National Urban League, headquartered in New York City, spearheads the non-partisan efforts of its local affiliates. There are over 100 local affiliates of the National Urban League located in 35 states and the District of Columbia providing direct services to more than 2 million people nationwide through programs, advocacy and research.

The Northern Virginia Urban League (NOVAUL), as part of this national network, provides direct services and effective advocacy to empower our constituents to enter the economic and social mainstream. NOVAUL addresses the social and economic needs of Northern Virginia’s minorities, youth, elderly and low-income residents.

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