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MEET THE TEAM

Rev. Dr. Charles F. Boyer

Rev. Dr. Charles F. Boyer

Founder

You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.

-- Malcom X

Racquel Romans-Henry

Racquel Romans-Henry

Policy Director

I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.

-- Fannie Lou Hamer

Jared Hunter

Jared Hunter

Senior Organizer

We will all, at some point, encounter hurdles to gaining access and entry, moving up and conquering self-doubt; but on the other side is the capacity to own opportunity and tell our own story.

— Stacey Abrams

Austin J.
Edwards, Esq.

Austin J.
Edwards, Esq.

Senior Policy Counsel

Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and cause you to endure does not testify to your inferiority but to their inhumanity.

— James Baldwin

Retha Onitri

Retha Onitri

Restorative Justice Fellow

There must always be a remedy for wrong and injustice if we only know how to find it.

— Ida B. Wells

Diane Bellamy

Diane Bellamy

High Risk Interventionist


Don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.

-- Madam C.J. Walker

Micheal Hilton

Micheal Hilton

High Risk Interventionist

​He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.

— Muhammad Ali

Rosalee Boyer

Rosalee Boyer

Co-Founder

If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.

-- Shirley Chisholm

Richelle Terese

Richelle Terese

Research & Public Relations Director

An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience.

-- James Baldwin

Crystal Charley

Crystal Charley

Senior Organizer

The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.

-- Ida B. Wells

Fantaija Graves

Fantaija Graves

Restorative Housing Coordinator

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

— Nelson Mandela

Antonio Bellamy

Antonio Bellamy

Program Coordinator

The job of the conscious is to make the unconscious conscious.

― Stokely Carmichael

Quason Pittman

Quason Pittman

High Risk Interventionist

Black Power is giving power to people who have not had power to determine their destiny.

-- Huey P. Newton

Gantry Fox

Gantry Fox

Director of Operations

Power never takes a back step only in the face of more power.

-- Malcom X

Tuoyo Nanna

Tuoyo Nanna

Finance Director

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.

― Booker T. Washington

Shadura Lee

Shadura Lee

Organizer

In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.

— Thurgood Marshall

Symone Sparks

Symone Sparks

Digital Strategist

Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations.

— Dr. Mae Jemison

Keyion Jones

Keyion Jones

High Risk Interventionist

Speak up, speak out, get in the way. Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.

-- John Lewis

Pete Lewis

Pete Lewis

High Risk Interventionist

Truth is powerful and it prevails.

— Sojourner Truth

BOARD MEMBERS

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Deborah Jennings

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." 

— Barack Obama

Chairman

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Jerome C. Harris

"If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life." 

— Marcus Garvey

Board Member

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Hosea Johnson

"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better."

 — Maya Angelou

Board Member 

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Karen Bellamy Lewis

"Whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free . . . your true self comes out."

— Tina Turner 

Board Member

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Elisa Jackson

There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made." 

— Michelle Obama

Secretary

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Francis Harwell

"There comes a time when people get tired of being plunged into the abyss of exploitation and nagging injustice."

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Board Member

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Rev. Dr. Lesly Devereaux

"Don't agonize, organize.” 

— Florynce Kennedy

Board Member

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Rev. Dr. Timothy Levi Adkins-Jones

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”

 

– Frederick Douglass.

Board Member

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Willie Moorer

"Character is power." 

— Booker T. Washington

Chaplin

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Kim Wellons

"We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It’s our basic human right."

— Aretha Franklin

Board Member

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Rev. Micah L. McCreary, Ph.D.

"We have a wonderful history behind us…and it is going to inspire us to greater achievements."

 

— Carter G. Woodson

Board Member

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Kimmie Carlos

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

 

– Alice Walker

Board Member

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