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Valda Harris Montgomery, PhD, is a retired associate professor of the Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program at Alabama State University. She is a native of Montgomery, AL and earned degrees from Fisk University, Alabama State University, United States Sports Academy, and Auburn University. She is the second child of Richard and Vera Harris. Dr. Richard Harris was a pharmacist and owner of Dean Drug Store, one of the oldest black pharmacies in Montgomery. He was also a Tuskegee Airman. From May 21-24, 1961, Dr. Harris and his wife courageously opened their home to the Freedom Riders and many civil rights leaders as a safe haven for rest and strategic planning. In 2006, she successfully sought historic recognition in the form of a marker for the Harris House and is in the process of opening the family home to tourists. Dr. Montgomery has documented her childhood memories of the Civil Rights Movement in a book, “Just A Neighbor”, which highlights the relationship of her family and that of Martin Luther King, Jr. http://www.valdahmontgomery.com/
Daniel Landry was born and raised from the Fillmore Western Addition Neighborhood were he has now lived for 52-yeas. Daniel is a father of three and grandfather of four, and has been a long time advocate fighting for police reforms, environmental justice and community quality of life issues. He has a Political Science background major experience, and recently ran for District Five Supervisor in the 2020 Election. Pamela Price was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She joined the civil rights movement when she was 13 years old. She is a survivor of the Ohio juvenile justice and foster care systems. She graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Political Science in 1978. While at Yale, she spent her Junior Year Abroad in Dar-es-Sala am, Tanzania, East Africa. After Yale, Price attended Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) where she received her J.D. and aMaster’s degree in Jurisprudence & Social Policy in 1982. She started her career as a Criminal Defender in Bayview Hunter’s Point in San Francisco. In June 1991, she founded her own firm in Oakland. Her Firm successfully represented victims of sex and race discrimination in difficult cases and trials. Ms. Price has won numerous awards and is currently running for Alameda County District Attorney. Find out more about Pamela Price and her accomplishments here: www.pypesq.com
Eric Handy is a seasoned equity advocate, motivational speaker, multifaceted social justice educator and counselor with a passion for service; empowering college students and facilitating in their academic, personal , and professional success. With over 10 years' experience as an education professional working with underrepresented population in K-higher education Professor Handy aligns dynamic vision with accessible outcomes through holistic development. As an equity-minded leader Professor Handy has facilitated professional development strategically focused on racial equity and inclusion from organizing student success, virtual town halls, planning interactive webinar series, to creating anti-racist leadership institutes.
Professor Handy currently teaches Student Success and Career Development Counseling courses at Diablo Valley College.