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Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S Tryon St, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
We have partnered with the Social Justice Ministry of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church to present an informative session on the increasing jail and prison population of young, African-American men and women and its effects on the community.
What are some of the strategies needed to interrupt this system? What is the impact of the lack of education among this population?
Civics 101 is an outreach program of the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Social Justice Ministry.
Reserve your seat today to join the conversation.
Stanley Alexander earned both his BA degree in Sociology and his Masters of Arts Degree in Counselor Education from North Carolina Central University in 1984. Following graduation, he worked as a therapist at Hickory Memorial Hospital. He eventually was hired by Mecklenburg County Youth & Family Services, a division of the Department of Social Services. Prior to his recent retirement in October 2017, Alexander served as Deputy Director for Youth and Family Services where he managed the day to day operations. His responsibilities included child protective services, family intervention services, after-hours, intake and assessments, and three sexual abuse investigative teams. Alexander and his wife Becky are the parents of two sons, Jonathan and Tyler. He is also a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.
Dr. Karen Breach Washington practices pediatrics and serves as a Pediatric Regional Medical Director at Atrium Health, formerly Carolinas HealthCare System. A native of North Babylon, New York, she is a graduate of Hofstra University and George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Breach Washington has been an advocate for children, access to healthcare, diversity and inclusion. She has held several leadership positions, including President of the North Carolina Pediatric Society, President of the Charlotte Medical Society, and has served on the boards of the Simmons Branch YMCA, the Mecklenburg County Medical Society, and Teen Health Connection. She also serves the community as an active life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated. Dr. Breach Washington was most recently recognized with the 2017 Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award from Carolinas HealthCare System and the 2017 Candace Award for Advocacy in Health from the Queen City Metropolitan Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.
Reverend Franklin Lamar Gordon is a native of Asheville, North Carolina. He was called to preach in 2005 after receiving a double major in Music Performance and Sacred Music at Brevard College. Reverend Gordon has served children and youth around the world as an Ella Baker Trainer for the Children Defense Fund in 2005-2009 and as the former Executive Director for a Freedom School that ran year-round to enrich children, empower parents and encourage the community. Reverend Gordon also previously served as a missionary in Jamaica for eight years. He currently attends Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, NC, while serving as the Minister of Children and Youth Minister at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Reverend Gordon, his wife J’anet and their three children (Terrell, Trinity, and Tavion) have lived in Charlotte for the past five years.
Eleanor Toliver is the owner and director of First Ward Child Development Center located in Uptown Charlotte. She holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood education from the University of Pittsburgh and post graduate studies at the University of South Carolina and UNCC. Her advocacy for children led her to serve on the state committee for the Diversity in Leadership Council. Toliver has served on the Mecklenburg county North Carolina Pre-K committee, as well as president of the Mecklenburg Child Care committee. Additionally, she served as president of the Charlotte affiliate of the National Black Child Development Institute for ten years and currently is a member of the Read Charlotte committee. Mrs. Toliver and her husband Lawrence have three children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Anthony S. Calloway is the principal at Walter G. Byers K-8 School. He is a native of Reading, Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Oberlin College, a master’s degree in school counseling from Georgia Southern University, and earned his administrative certification from Alvernia University. Calloway began his career in administration as the Dean of Students and later the lead 9th grade vice principal at Reading High School He has held the role of principal for nearly 10 years and has served scholars at: Agriculture, Science, and Ecology Magnet, 10th and Penn Elementary, and Walter G. Byers School. Calloway and his wife, Tanya, have been married for 17 years and have three sons — Anthony, Jackson, and Judah.
Cara Evans-Patterson is the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Youth Diversion Program Manager. She has been instrumental in creating effective ways to lower the juvenile arrest rate, minimize the School-To-Prison Pipeline and reduce disproportionate minority contact in Mecklenburg County. Evans-Patterson served as a Program Manager to implement Diversion into Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools and CMPD Patrol Divisions and surrounding municipalities, which has allowed over 3,000 youth the opportunity to have their cases diverted in lieu of court involvement.
Latasha Smith-Valentine, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, has been an employee of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System (CMS) for twenty years. Currently, Mrs. Smith-Valentine works as a Training and Quality Coordinator in the school system’s Student Discipline and Behavior Sup-port department, leading the district’s restorative practice initiative.
Jarrod Jones, an experienced community organizer and a Restorative Justice practitioner has served as a Community Engagement Coordinator for Project L.I.F.T. in Charlotte. Project L.I.F.T. is a public-private partnership that stands for Project Leadership & Investment for Transformation. Their goal is to change the way traditionally under-served students are educated, supported and viewed to activate their power and realize their full potential.
Jasmine Calin is a graduate of Davidson college and a Miami-native. She began her teaching career after earning a Bachelor of Science in Cultural Anthropology from Davidson College. It was there where she got her first introduction to the realities and impacts of the school to prison pipeline. Calin’s time in college, particularly her studies around minorities in America, were the catalyst to her career as a teacher. Directly following her time at Davidson, Jasmine joined Teach for America.
After teaching and for three years in Miami, she relocated to Charlotte to continue her work in education. Now in her sixth year of teaching in Title 1 schools, Calin has taken on a new role and a new passion: restorative practices as a means to handling conflict and building community in schools. She now teaches 4th grade at Allenbrook Elementary in Charlotte and plans to stay in the classroom for many years to come.
Franklin D. Deese is the only African American to be elected to the office of Mayor in North Carolina’s Union County. Deese is also the only African American in the United States to serve over 10 years in the prison system as a felon and then be elected mayor of the city in which he was convicted. He was able to over-come his challenges through study, mentorship and determination. Mayor Deese learned how to move the mountains from his path by adjusting his mindset, shifting his paradigm and developing his strategy to conquer the impossible.