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"In order for us as poor and oppressed people to become a part of a
society that is meaningful, the system under which we now exist has to
be radically changed.  This means that we are going to have to learn to
think in radical terms. I use the term radical in its original meaning - getting
down to and understanding the root cause.  It means facing a system that does not
lend itself to your needs and devising means by which you can change that system."

“One of the major emphasis... was that of working with indigenous people,
not working for them, but trying to develop their capacity for leadership.”
Ella Jo Baker
Community Justice &
Indigenous Leadership
Empowerment Summit

May 25—26, 2012

Greater Mt. Olivet Church
Cleveland, Ohio 44108
Convened by the Sustainable
Community Controlled
Development Initiative of

The National Institute
For Restorative Justice
Educating for Advocacy
Friday, May 25, 2012
Elder Justin Glover
Pastor, Greater Mount Olivet
Church of God in Christ

Mantle of the Ancestors and Elders
Dolores Person Lairet,PhD
Educator, NIRJ Board of Directors

Negro National Anthem Invocation
Hue People
Anita Rose Banks, Steve Boyd,
Afi Nur, Ceco Salinas

Occasion and Introductions
Mittie Imani Jorda
Chairwoman, National Institute
For Restorative Justice

Sustainable Community
Controlled Development:
Indigenous Leadership
Empowerment & Community Justice

Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, PhD
Political Economist, Washington, DC
President, National Economic Association

Director, Ronald E. McNair
Post-Baccalaureate Achievement
Program and Associate Professor of
Community Justice and Social Economic
Development, Department of
Africana Studies, John Jay College,
City University of NY

Affiliate Scholar, Center on Race         and
Wealth, Howard University
Department of Economics

Affiliate Scholar, Centre for
the Study of Cooperatives
University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Discussion  Elder
James Page
Community Activist
NIRJ Board of Directors

Discussion  Torchbearer
Danielle Shepherd
Organizational Development PhD Student

Summit Notes
Mittie Imani Jordan

Benediction & Adjournment
Elder Justin Glover
Saturday, May 26, 2012
8 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Elder Justin Glover
Pastor, Greater Mount Olivet
Church of God in Christ

Mantle of Ancestors and Elders
Donald & Norma Freeman
Educators & Community Advocates
Publishers, Vibrations Magazine

Ella's Song (We Who Believe)
Negro National Anthem Invocation
Hue People & Gathered Assembly

9:10  Occasion & Introductions
Mittie Imani Jordan

9:30  Crafting Community!
Leveraging Our Collective
Human & Property Resources:
Framing Community Culture
Identifying Our Social Capital
Controlling Our Institutions        

Dr. Mittie Davis Jones, PhD
Vice Chair and Associate
Professor                  Levine College of Urban
Cleveland State University

Discussion  Elder
Joan E. Southgate, MSW
Social Worker & Community Organizer
Founder, Restore Cleveland Hope

11:15 Pick up Lunch/Cluster Break
Desserts courtesy of Nina's Sweets

11:30 Boycott Film
Screening & Discussion    

2:00 Cluster Break
Saturday, May 26, 2012
2:15 - 6:30 p.m.
2:15 Turning Our Dollars Into Sense!
Leveraging Our Collective
Economic Power: Building
Communal Wealth, Monitoring
the Management of Municipal
Public Funding Resources

Dr. Jessica Gordon Nemhard, PhD

Discussion  Elder
Walter Cheeks
Economic Advocate & Entrepreneur

Discussion  Torchbearer
Alicia Graves
Financial Services Professional

4:15 Cluster Break

4:30 Blocking our Ballots!
Leveraging Our Collective
Political Power: Educating &
Protecting our Vote,
Identifying and Empowering

Joseph Worthy
National Coordinator,
Young Advocate Leadership Training
The Children’s Defense Fund

Discussion  Elder
Griot Y’Von
Advocate for Humanity

Discussion  Torchbearer
Jeff Ivey
Community Documentary
6:10 The Challenge & Sending Forth:  
In The Spirit of Randolph,
Houston, Baker & Marshall
Reverend Dr. Zachery Williams
Vice Chair, NIRJ Board of Directors
Associate Professor of History
The University of Akron

6:20 Summit Notes
Mittie Imani Jordan

Elder Justin Glover
by Jeff Ivey
Backs, Brains
Bucks & Ballots!
Crafting Indigenous
Controlled Communities
In The Age Of Mass
Black Urban Removal
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