2016 Presenters

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Iowa Governor

Terry Branstadkeynotes-pr-1


Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice

Hon. Mark Cady


Keynotes & National Speakers

Delores Jones-Brown, J.D., Ph.D. Professor in the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

Redditt Hudson,  NAACP Regional Field Organizer for Region IV and  Co-founder of the National Coalition of Law Enforcement Officers for Justice, Reform, and Accountability (NCLEOJ)

Ngozi Ndulue, National NAACP Senior Director of Criminal Justice Programs


Featured Exhibit

Black In Iowa: Still Unequal?  Des Moines Register Series


Additional Speakers, Hosts & Panelists

Ako Abdul Samad, State Representative, Founder & CEO Creative Visions

Alexander Vincent Kornya, Assistant Litigation Director, Iowa Legal Aid, Central Iowa

Beth Skinner, Recidivism Reduction Coordinator, Iowa Department of Corrections

Bo James, Founder & CEO, Hip Hope & Males of Color Conference

Cheryl Hayes, AMOS

Corey Harris, Director of Middle Schools, Des Moines Public Schools

Daniel Spikes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Educational Administration, Iowa State University

Daniel Zeno, Iowa ACLU Policy Counsel

Darryk Dean, Conciliation Specialist, Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Justice*

Dave Kuker, Iowa Department of Human Rights

David S. Walker, Dwight D. Opperman Distinguished Professor of Law, Emeritus, Drake University, Co-Chair, NAACP Legal Redress

Dennis McDaniel, Johnston Police Department
Jody Matherly, Altoona Police Department

Dionna Langford, Des Moines Public School Board member

Dr. Chris Barnham, Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, St. Ambrose

Hon.  Odell McGhee, Associate Judge

Hon. Colin J. Witt Associate Judge, 5th Judicial District

Jane Hudson, J.D., Executive Director, Disability Rights Iowa

Jerry Bartruff, Director, Iowa Department of Corrections

Jodi Whitworth, WHO TV-13  Reporter

Jonathan R. Douglas, Ph.D., CFLE, Coordinator – Strong African American Families, EKD Center, Iowa State University

Kevin E. VanderSchel, United States Attorney, Southern District of Iowa Department of Justice

Kim B. Wadding, Assistant Director, Iowa Law Enforcement Academy

Kunta Nyameba, Founder and Pastor of House of God International Ministries

Latrice L. Lacey, Director Davenport Civil Rights Commission

Lettie Prell, Director of Research, Iowa Department of Corrections

Lieutenant Chris Scott, Executive Officer, Chief’s Office, Des Moines Police Department

Lisa Velez-Crader, Inside Out Reentry Community

Isaiah Snea, Inside Out Reentry Community

Marty Ryan, Fawkes-Lee & Ryan/Public Policy Advocates

Michael Tupper, Marshalltown Police Department

Mike Cervantes, Director, Inside Out Reentry Community

Russell E. Lovell, II, Professor of Law, Emeritus, Drake University Law School Co-Chair, NAACP Legal Redress

Sgt. Kenneth Brown, Supervisor of School Resource Officers, Des Moines Police Department

Stephanie Fawkes-Lee Fawkes-Lee & Ryan/Public Policy Advocates

Teree Caldwell-Johnson, President, Des Moines Public School Board

Tom Newkirk, Zwagerman, PLC

Wayne Ford, Iowa Disproportionate Minority Contact Chair, Executive Director, Urban Dreams, Former Legislator