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Grand Hyatt Atlanta (Buckhead)
3300 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30305, USA

(Deadline for conference registration was August 1.  THERE WILL BE NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION OR MEAL PAYMENTS)

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Wednesday, August 9


African American Heritage Tour
Wednesday August 9, 2017 10:00am - 2:00pm
Friday, August 11


Lunch with the Legends and Children of the Civil Rights Movement

During the 60’s Atlanta was a major organizing center of the Civil Rights Movement.  Join us for spirited conversation with actual participants and be enlightened. Hear from several of the children as they reveal how their parents’ involvement changed their lives.  Our moderator will lead the group in a series of questions and you will have an opportunity to pose questions of your own.  Don’t miss this chance to be up close and personal with African American history.

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Lorraine Cochran-Johnson

General Manager, Atlanta Daily World
Lorraine Cochran-Johnson is currently functions as the General Manager of the Atlanta Daily World, Atlanta’s oldest and most highly respected Black newspaper.She is a native of Greenville, Alabama and is 15 year resident of Dekalb, County. She attended Troy University where she... Read More →

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Charles Black

Activist, Civil Rights Movement
A native of Miami, Florida, Charles is an alumnus of Morehouse College, where he was a member of the varsity debate team, editor of the college newspaper, president of the senior class, and chairman of The Atlanta Student Movement (1960’s Civil Rights organization). Charles was... Read More →
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Michael Julian Bond

Son of Julian Bond, Atlanta City Councilman
The son of Julian Bond, a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. While a student at Morehouse College during the early 1960s, he helped to establish the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Honorable Michael Bond currently serves as a member-at-large on the Atlanta City... Read More →
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Xernona Clayton

Legend, Civil Rights Movement
Xernona Clayton: Ms. Clayton moved to Atlanta in 1965 where she accepted a position with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and worked closely with the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ms. Clayton also traveled extensively with Mrs. Coretta Scott King on her nationwide concert... Read More →
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Kwanza Hall

Son of Leon Hall, Atlanta City Councilman
The son of Leon Hall, who worked for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, based in Montgomery. He helped coordinate sit-ins, recruited young people to the South to work in the movement and worked in voter registration and political education programs. The Honorable Kwanza... Read More →
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Lonnie King, Jr.

The Founding Chairman of the Committee on Appeal for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. Lonnie King and a handful of young activists including Julian Bond on March 15, 1960, launched the Atlanta Student Movement demonstrations to force area businesses to desegregate. King and his... Read More →
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Janis Ware

Publisher, Atlanta Voice Newspaper
Janis Ware is the daughter of J. Lowell Ware owner of the Atlanta Voice, an African American newspaper that gave fair and credible coverage to the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement.  She is a University of Georgia Business School graduate whose career has been steadfast in completing... Read More →
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Andrea Young

Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, Daughter of Andrew Young
The daughter of former Atlanta Mayor and UN Ambassador Andrew Young. She is an attorney, author, documentarian and lecturer. She is the creator and Executive Producer of the documentary “Andrew Young’s Making of Modern Atlanta” and the co-author of the book. She was the founding... Read More →

Saturday, August 12


Coffee with the Authors of We Are Charleston

The shootings at Charleston's Mother Emanuel AME Church in 2015 shocked the nation and the world.  Join the authors of this moving book as they take us on a journey that includes history of slavery in North Carolina, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Movement and the present day as well as the founding of the African Methodist Episcopal Churches in the South, and the role they have played in holding together the black community and leading its members to equal rights.  All three of these authors are Charlestonians, and from their bios are clearly leaders in the city and even in the AME church.   A great takeaway from this touching saga is the power of forgiveness and its lesson for the world.

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Kathie Bennett

Founder/President, Magic Time Literary Publicity.
Kathie Bennett is founder and president of Magic Time Literary Publicity. In addition to a thirty-five year career with Delta Air Lines, Kathie has spearheaded philanthropic efforts throughout the south. A graduate of The University of the South with a BA in English she is passionate... Read More →

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Herb Frazier

Adult Author
Herb Frazier has edited and reported for five daily newspapers in the South, including his hometown paper, the Post and Courier. He is a former Michigan Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan, and is currently marketing and public relations manager at Magnolia Plantation... Read More →
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Bernard E. Powers Jr. PhD

Adult Author
Bernard E. Powers Jr. PhD, is professor of history at the College of Charleston, where he teaches United States and African American history. He has been a consultant to historic sites and has served on the boards of several history oriented nonprofit organizations. Dr. Powers has... Read More →
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Marjory Wentworth

Adult Author
Marjory Wentworth is poet laureate of South Carolina. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times, and she is the author of the prizewinning children’s story Shackles. Wentworth is the cofounder and former president of the Low country Initiative for the Literary... Read More →


Lunch with Mustafa Santiago Ali

Environmental injustice is the new civil rights issues that pledges the poor and people of color. Mustafa Santiago Ali a former senior adviser and assistant associate administrator for environmental justice, has served more than two decades at the agency, working to ease the burden of air and water pollution in hundreds of poor, minority communities nationwide.  Ali recently resigned that position amid the White House plans to dismantle the program.  He said that the budget proposal to defund such work will harm the people who has most relied on the EPA.  Hear about his passion in working to ease the burden of air and water pollution in hundreds of poor, minority communities nationwide. He might also speak about his new role as vice president of the Hip Hop Caucus.

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Mustafa Santiago Ali

Speaker, Health Luncheon
Mustafa Santiago Ali has been a national speaker, trainer and facilitator on social justice issues for over 20 years with a specific focus on the issue of environmental justice, sustainability and community revitalization. Throughout the years, Ali has given over 1,000 presentations... Read More →

Saturday August 12, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Grand Hyatt Buckhead 3300 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305


Presidents' Ball & Awards Ceremony

We will roll out the red carpet for President Denyvetta Davis and past BCALA presidents as we celebrate 25 years of convening National Conferences.  It is also an evening where we will honor our outstanding members.    Great Entertainment, Food and Dancing!!!!   

Black tie/Afrocentric apparel (Optional) 

Our special guest will be Ezra Knight, an award-winning narrator of more than 50 digital audiobook titles, ranging from steamy urban fiction to elegant prose and poetry.

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Ezra Knight

Guest Speaker- Presidents' Ball
Born in Atlanta, Ezra Knight began his professional career with The Living Stage Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., where he was an 8-year company member. Since then his work has taken him throughout the U.S and around the world. He is an actor of stage, television, and film as well as a commercial voiceover... Read More →

Saturday August 12, 2017 7:00pm - 11:30pm
Grand Hyatt Buckhead 3300 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

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