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Blackburn Institute Annual Symposium

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Jenna Bedsole

Shareholder in the Birmingham office and Practice Group Chair of the Labor & Employment Group at Baker Donelson

Sean Hudson

Director of Research and Strategic Planning at Harry S. Truman College

Catherine Skinner

Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the College of Community Health Sciences at The University of Alabama

Margaret Lawson

Graduate student in both the Masters in Teacher Education and Masters of History programs at the University of Alabama

Caroline Bechtel

Technical Program Manager at Plaid, a Fintech startup that aims to democratize access to financial ecosystem

John GIggie

Associate Professor of History and African American Studies and Director of the Summersell Center at UA

Kevyn Armstrong-Wright

Assistant Federal Public Defender in Birmingham, Alabama

Dana Sweeney

Statewide Organizer for Alabama Appleseed

Ross Green

Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Consultant at Kearns & West in San Francisco

Victor Luckerson

Journalist and Author

Terry Lamar

Director of Equity and Educational Initiatives of Hoover City Schools

Jade Hill

Manager at Three Daughters Beauty Supply

Akiesha Anderson

Policy Attorney and Criminal Justice Lobbyist

Jilisa Milton

Equal Justice Works Law Fellow at Alabama Disability Advocacy Program

Sehar Ezez

Treasury Coordinator with residential real estate corporation, Hudson Homes Management, in Dallas, TX

Tim Lewis

President, TALA Professional Services, and Co-Chair of the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History and Reconciliation Foundation

Amanda Bennett

Ph.D. candidate in Literature at Duke University

Tommy Battle

Mayor, City of Huntsville

Catherine Alexander-Wright

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Scott Bridges

Professor Emeritus, UA, and Co-President of the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History and Reconciliation Foundation

Caitlyn McTier

Senior News Media major at The University of Alabama and Greater Sylacauga Resiliency Committee member

Delphia McGraw

Freshman at Spelman College and graduate of Central High School in Tuscaloosa, AL

Leah Nelson

Research Director at Alabama Appleseed

Randall Woodfin

Mayor, City of Birmingham

Abby Horton

Clinical Instructor at the Capstone College of Nursing

noa jordan

Freshman at Howard University and a graduate of Central High School in Tuscaloosa, AL

jashon griffin

Senior at Central High School in Tuscaloosa, AL

W Keith Watkins

Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama

Abigail Morrow

Assistant General Counsel at Staffmark

Phillips Thomas Hornbuckle

Director of the Office of Intercultural Student Life & Global Programming at York College of Pennsylvania in York, PA

Robyn Hammontree

Senior Instructional Designer at The University of Alabama

John Hammontree

Managing producer of Reckon by AL.com and a member of the Alabama Media Group editorial board

James Owens

Author, Speaker, and Consultant

Matthew Kiszla

Medical student at The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Connie Stockham

Shareholder at Stockham, Cooper, & Potts

Greg Foster

Owner of Foster Law Firm

Koushik Kasanagottu

Internal Medicine Physician at The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Danny Steele

Co-Owner of Van Hoose and Steele Funeral Home

Kaitlan Collins

White House Correspondent, CNN

Elaina Plott

National Political Reporter, The New York Times

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