A People Moving: How the National Park Service and Preservationists Tell the Story of Black Migrations


Alan Spears, Moderator

Cultural Resources Director, NPCA


Brent Leggs, Panelist

Executive Director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund of the Trust for Historic Preservation


Stephanie Deutsch, Panelist

Author of the book “You Need a Schoolhouse: Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald and the Building of Schools for the Segregated South.”


Enimini Ekong, Panelist

Superintendent of Nicodemus National Historic Site (KS)


John W. Franklin, Panelist

National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution (retired)


Déanda Johnson,Panelist

Midwest Regional Manager of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program (NPS)


Ajena Rogers, Panelist

Supervisory Park Ranger at Maggie Walker National Historic Site (VA)


Madeleine Starkey, Greeter

Senior Executive Assistant – National Parks Conservation Association

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Moving, Marching and Making the Beat: A Century of African American Migrations


Lionel Kimble, Moderator

Chicago State University


Joe Trotter, Panelist

Carnegie Mellon University


Farah Jasmine Griffin, Panelist

Columbia University


Crystal Sanders, Panelist 

Penn State University


Maurice Hobson, Panelist

Georgia State University


Myiti Sengstack Rice, Panelist

Chairwoman, Robert Sengstack Abbott Foundation

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Bible Study (The Story of the Mother Emanuel AME Massacre in Charleston, SC)


Councilman William Dudley Gregorie, Moderator 

(family member of two victims)


Rev. Eric S.C. Manning, Panelist

Pastor, Mother Emanuel AMEC


Rev. Anthony Thompson , Panelist

(husband of one of the victims)


Polly Sheppard, Panelist  

(one of the adult survivors)


Rev. Dr. Brenda Nelson, Panelist

Ministerial Staff 2015-2019
Mother Emanuel AMEC


Mr. Melvin Graham, Panelist

(brother of one of the victims)

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400 Years of Perseverance: The 1619 Arrival and Legacy of “20 and Odd Negroes” Plenary Session


Gloria Browne-Marshall, Moderator

Author and Professor of Constitutional Law at John Jay College (CUNY)


Congressman James E. Clyburn, Panelist

6th District, South Carolina


Vlademiro Fortuna, Panelist

Director of the National Slavery Museum, Angola


Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Panelist

Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Professor of History, Norfolk University


Dr. Brenda E. Stevenson, Panelist

Nickoll Family Inaugural Endowed Chair, Departments of History and African American Studies, UCLA


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