Schedule of Events

44th Dr. Joseph H. McMillan National Black Family Conference

“Back to the Basics: Strengthening the Family and Community”

                                                                               February 24-25, 2017



Friday, February 24, 2017


9:00am - 9:15am - Opening Remarks and Greetings - Dr. Mordean Taylor-Archer

                                                                                           Betty Baye, Chair


Plenary Sessions


9:15am - 10:30am– Plenary Session – Moderator Betty Baye


“Back to the Basics: Strengthening the Family and Community             Preakness Suite

Sadiqa Reynolds, Louisville Urban League

Rev. Corrie Shull, Burnette Avenue Baptist Church

Rashaad Abdur-Rahman, Louisville Metro Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods

Kevin Fields, Sr., Louisville Central Community Center 

Breakout Sessions 

10:30am - 11:45pm


How to Discover & Strengthen Your Family’s Education Legacy            Derby Suite

Bobbi Hicks

Racial Battle Fatigue and Mental Health the Effects on the Black           Belmont Suite

Family and Community

Dr. Delila Owens - University of Akron

Deconstructing the Narratives about Black Fathers Through                  Jefferson Suite

Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Programs

Azaliah Israel - University of Arkansas 

11:45am - 1:00pm: Lunch on your own  

Breakout Sessions 

1:00pm - 2:15pm


The Role of the Civil Rights Movement in Strengthening the                      Derby Suite

Black Race and Community

Dr. Antoinette Davis - Eastern Kentucky University

The Impact of Higher Education Policy on Access &                                   Belmont Suite

Achievement: Among Black low SES Students

Jonathan Hughes – University of Louisville

Dream Deferred: Exploring Leadership among                                             Jefferson Suite

High Potential Underserved Employees in the Workplace

Dr. Michelle Rosemond – University of Louisville

                                                                                 2:15pm - 2:30pm Break 

Breakout Sessions

2:30pm - 3:45pm


The Black Church, The Black family and the Dying Connection                    Derby Suite

Karen R. Brawner

How Cooperative Economic Innovate the Access and Delivery                    Belmont Suite

of Good Food in Kentucky

Cassia Herron

4 Your Child: Dads Making a Difference                                                            Jefferson Suite

Dr. Armon Perry, University of Louisville  

3:45pm - 6:45pm Break 

Conversations and networking session with the presenters

 – Jefferson Suite

Door open at 6:45pm – 8:30pm :

Banquet & Keynote Speaker - Dr. Michael Eric Dyson                               Triple Crown Ballroom


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Plenary Session 

9:30am – 10:30am

Women Engaged (WE) Back to the Basics                                                       Preakness Suite

Debra Wells

Diane Lewis Brown

Dana Seay

Chinwe Idigo

                                                                               10:30am - 10:45am Break  

Breakout Sessions

10:45am - 12:00pm    

Parental Engagement Matters                                                                              Derby Suite

Ria Chandler

'The Blueprint: An Exploration of Systemic Discrimination                             Belmont Suite

and Guide to a Better Future'

Jordan Jackson – University of Kentucky

                                                                                    12:00pm - 12:30pm Break 

12:30pm - 2:00pm:

Closing Discussion – ‘Community or Chao? -                                                   Preakness Suite

Where do we go from here?’

Luncheon Keynote - Dr. Ricky Jones