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WHERE: BridgeValley Community & Technical College, South Charleston Campus, Toyota Hall
2001 Union Carbide Drive, South Charleston, WV 25303

WHEN: Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1, 2018

SCHEDULE: Check out the schedule of events.

Meet our Keynote Speakers!

Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson

Friday, November 30 | 7:00 PM

Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson is a 33 year old Affrilachian (Black Appalachian) working class woman, born and raised in Southeast Tennessee. She is the Co-Executive Director of the Highlander Research & Education Center in New Market, TN and a long-time activist working around issues of mountaintop removal mining and environmental racism in central and southern Appalachia. She is an active participant in the Movement for Black Lives and is on the governance council of the Southern Movement Assembly.

Troy Williams

Saturday, December 1 | Doors 6:00 PM; Event 7:30 PM
West Virginia State University, Ferrell Hall Auditorium

This event is included in your conference registration, and is also ticketed separately.

On October 29th, 2014, Troy Williams was released after serving 18 years of a life sentence in California’s prison system. While incarcerated, Williams participated in numerous education, vocation, mental health & wellness workshops, violence prevention, self-help, and restorative justice programs. Williams became a certified paralegal and founded the San Quentin Prison Report (SQPR), a video and award winning radio production program. Williams co-founded San Quentin’s financial literacy program and F.E.E.L. philosophy (Financial Empowerment Emotional Literacy), and served as the executive director of the Restorative Justice Interfaith Roundtable during which prisoner participation grew from less than 40 to over 300. In 2014, he accepted an award for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Since paroling, Williams has worked as a Youth Program Development Specialist, Restorative Justice Facilitator, Motivational Speaker, Columnist for the Oakland Post, Editor-In-Chief of the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper, and Multimedia Producer. Williams serves on Oakland City’s Safety and Services Oversight Commission, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Formerly Incarcerated Advisory Board, Open Gate’s Men’s Advisory Council, and serves as a Board Member for UnCommon Law, Oakland Private Industry Council, and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Williams is currently working as the program coordinator for the R.I.S.E. scholars (Restorative, Integrated, and Self-Educated) program at Chabot College and was recently awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship where he is working to create a national multimedia platform and community engagement program that will help formerly incarcerated people document their experiences and engage the public.

Ticket Prices

Student = $50
Individual = $75
Organization = $225 – $275
Saturday Keynote Event Only: Student = $25
Saturday Keynote Event Only: Adult = $40

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