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The Institute of the Black World 21st Century/ Black Family Summit Annual Retreat. Theme: “Black Family Summit Partners Supporting Black Families and Communities”.

Friday, December 13 to Saturday December 14, 2019.
Staybridge Suites Inner Harbor,
17 Commerce St, Baltimore Md 21202.

On this page:

  • Day 1: Dec 13th Schedule/Agenda — See below.
  • Day 2: Dec 14th Schedule/Agenda — See below.
  • BFS Member Organizations and Reps — See below.


2019 Annual Black Family Summit Retreat
Dec. 13-14, 2019, Baltimore, MD.

Friday, December 13, 2019


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM


 12:00 PM -1:00 PM


1:00 PM (Prompt)

Welcoming Remarks

  • Leonard G. Dunston, MSW, Convener, IBW/Black Family Summit, Durham, NC

1:05 – 1:10 PM


  • Chester Marshall, MSW, LICSW, LCSW.C, IBW/BFS, IBW Co-Convener, IBW Board Member, CEO, Institute for African Manhood Development, Washington, DC

1:15 – 1:30 PM

IBW and DEMOS Welcoming Remarks

  • Ron Daniels, President IBW, East Elmhurst, NY,
  • Charlene Sinclair, Founding Director, Center for Race, Religion, and Economic Democracy (C-REDD), Henrico, VA
  • Don Rojas, Director of Communications, IBW/NAARC, Baltimore, MD

1:30 – 2:00 PM

BFS Member Organizations, and Special Guests, Introductions (Name, Title, Organization, City)

Session One:

“The Census and Black Community Empowerment.”

 2:00 – 2:30 PM

“2020 Census: Its Significance to the Black Community”

  • Esmeralda Simmons, Esq., Exec. Director, Center for Law and Social Justice, Brooklyn, NY

2:30 – 2:50 PM


Q & A

Session Two:

“Emotional Emancipation Circles”: Defy the Inferiority Lie and Let the Healing Begin

“Racism is a universal operating system of white supremacy and domination in which the majority of the world’s white people participate”–Dr. Frances Cress Welsing

3:00 – 5:30 PM

An Overview of Emotional Emancipation Circles

  • Enola Aird, Esq., Founder/CEO, Community Healing Network, New Haven, CT
  • Cheryl Tawede Grills, A Past President, Association of Black Psychologists, Los Angeles, CA

5:30 – 5:45 PM


Q & A

 5:45 – 6:00 PM


6:00 – 6:30 PM

“Sexual Abuse-Its Plethora of Manifestations-Potential Solutions/Responses”

  • Nana Patricia Newton, MD, MPH, MA, CEO/Medical Director, Black Psychiatrists of America, Baltimore, MD

6:30 – 6:45 PM

Q & A

6:45 – 6:50 PM

Summit Logistics

  • Rosaline Preudhomme, MS, Summit Coordinator, Brooklyn, NY

6:50 – 6:55 PM

Blessing of the Food

  • Lucy Perez, Rev/MD, Co-Chair, BFS/FEMA Disaster Task Force, and A Past President, National Medical Association, Bethesda, MD

7:00 PM

Dinner and Networking


2019 Annual Black Family Summit Retreat
Dec. 13-14, 2019, Baltimore, MD.

Saturday, December 14, 2019


6:00 – 8:00 AM

Complimentary Breakfast in Hotel Lounge

8:30 AM – 8:55 AM


9:00 AM (Prompt)

Spiritual Awakening

  • Yusef Muhammad, BS, Student Minister, Co-Chair BFS/FEMA Disaster Task Force, Immediate Past President, International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters, Virginia Beach, VA

9:05 AM – 9:15 AM

Brief History of Black Family Summit

  • Chester Marshall

9:15 – 9:30 AM

Brief History/Report: IBW/BFS/FEMA Disaster Task Force, Co-Chairs

  • Yusef Muhammad
  • Lucy Perez, MD

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Session Four:

“Culture and Our Response: Why This Matters”

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

Moderator: Dr. Laura House, Independent Consultant, & Adjunct Professor, Howard University School of Social Work, Washington, DC


Black Culturally Competent Pre & Post Natural/Human Made Disasters Responses

  • Annelle Primm, MD, MPH, Chair/Convener, All Healers Mental Health Alliance, Baltimore, MD

Black Culture/Values Are Foundational to Our Work

  • Dr. Mario Beatty, International President, Association for the Study of Classical Afrikan Civilizations, Washington, DC

10:00 – 10:10 AM


10:10 am -12:00 Noon

Session Five:

“Black Civic Engagement/voting Is Not an Option in 2020″

‘Whether you have a PH.D or no D, we’re in this bag together; and whether you’re from Morehouse or Nohouse, we’re still in this bag together” VOTE–Fannie Lou Hammer

Moderator-The Honorable C. Virginia Fields, MSW, CEO, National Black Leadership Commission on Health, Former President, Borough of Manhattan & NYC City Councilwoman, New York, NY


  • The Honorable Hank Sanders, Esq, Former Alabama State Senator, Partner, Chestnut, Sanders, Sanders Law Firm, LLC Selma, Al
  • Faya Rose Toure Sanders, Esq, Founder/President, Voting Rights Museum, Partner, Chestnut, Sanders, Sanders, Law Firm, LLC, Selma, Al
  • Salim Adofo, B.S., Commissioner, District 8C07, National Secretary, National Black United Front, Washington, DC
  • The Honorable Clarence “Tiger” Davis, MA, Current Member & Former Maryland State Commander, National Association of Black Veterans, Inc., and Former Member, Maryland House of Delegates, Baltimore, MD

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Lunch and Networking

1:00 – 3:00 PM

Session Six:

“Confronting Injustice: Transformative Policies and Programs That Support Black Families and Communities”

Re-Imaging a Black Alternative to the Criminal Injustice System

Moderator: Nkechi Taifa, Esq., CEO, Taifa Group, Washington, DC


  • Andrea James, Esq., Founder/CEO, National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Girls, and Women, Roxbury, MA
  • Justine “Taz” Moore, Director of Training, National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, Brooklyn, NY
  • Damon Jones, NY Representative, National Blacks in Law Enforcement of America, Middletown, NY
  • Dr. Dorothy Johnson-Speight, Founder/Executive Director, Mothers in Charge, Philadelphia, PA

3:00 – 3:30 PM

Session Seven:

“The Movement and Voices for Reparations Now”

In Memory of: Queen Mother Audley Moore, Dr. Imari Obadele, Reparations Ray Jenkins, and The Honorable John Conyers.

Moderator: Adjoa Aiyetoro, Esq., Former Lead Attorney, N’COBRA Litigation Committee, and Board Member, National Conference of Black Lawyers, Washington, DC


  • Queen Mother, Mashariki Jywanza, Female Co-Chair, National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA), Indianapolis, IN
  •  Dr. Ron Daniels, President, IBW, and Convener, IBW/National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC), East Elmhurst, NY

3:30 – 3:40 PM


3:40 – 5:30 PM

Session Eight: “Circle of Partners”

Black Family Summit Organizations Information Exchange

Moderator: Annelle Primm, MD, MPH, Convener, All Healers Mental Health Alliance, Baltimore, MD

5:30 – 6:00 PM

Session Nine:

“The Charge”

“The Afrikan Spirit Will Lead Us to Victory”

  • Rev/Dr. Iva E. Carruthers, General Secretary, Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference, Chicago, IL

“We have to ask ourselves, what are we willing to give up and understand the American Dream is actually a nightmare“–Dr. Iva E. Carruthers

6:00 – 6:45 PM

Retreat Highlights/Closing Remarks

  • Dr. Laura House
  • Baba Leonard Dunston

 6:50 PM

Blessing of the Food

  • Dr. David Alan Brock, D.Min., Black Administrators in Child Welfare, Pittsburgh, PA

7:00 PM

Dinner and Networking

Black Family Summit
Organizations and their Reps
Attending the BFS Retreat

Dec. 13-14, 2019, Baltimore, MD.

  • Int’l Assoc. of Black Professional Fire Fighters–Addington Stewart, President., Louis, MO
  • National Association for Black Veterans, Inc–The Honorable Clarence “Tiger” Davis, Maryland rep, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Assoc. of Black Psychologists– Dr. Theopia Jackson, President, Washington, DC
  • Nat’l Assoc. of Blacks in Criminal Justice–Carlyle Holder, Immediate Past President, Orlando, FL
  • Nat’l Assoc. of Black Social Workers–Cheikh Mbacke, President, Detroit, MI
  • Nat’l Black Women’s Congress– LaFrancis Rogers-Rose, President, Virginia Beach, VA
  • National Black Nurses Assoc.— Eric Williams, Immediate Past President—Los Angeles, CL
  • Nat’l Voting Rights Museum–Faya Rose Toure Sanders, Esq., Exec. Director, Selma, AL
  • Nat’l Black Leadership on Health—Hon. Virginia Fields, MSW, President- NYC, NY
  • National Blacks in Law Enforcement of America–Damon Jones, National Rep., Middletown, NY
  • Black Farmers & Agriculturalists Assoc.– Barry Crumbley, North East Rep, Vernon, NY
  • Moms for Peace– Dorothy Johnson-Speight, Exec. Director, Philadelphia, PA
  • Nat’l Council of Formerly Incarcerated & Incarcerated Women and Girls– Andrea James, Esq., CEO, Roxbury, MA
  • All Healers Mental Health Alliance–Annelle Primm, MD., Convener, Baltimore, MD
  • Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference– Iva Carruthers, General Secretary, Chicago, IL
  • Assoc. for the Study of Classical African Civilizations–Dr. Mario Beatty, Int’l President, Washington, DC
  • Nat’l Black United Front–Salim Adofo, Nat’l Vice President, Washington, DC
  • Nat’l Conference of Black Lawyers–Adjoa Aiyetoro, Esq., Representative, Washington, DC
  • National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’Cobra)– Queen Mother Mashariki Jywanza, Female Co-Chair, Indianapolis, IND
  • Nigerian Social Workers of America– Olatunde Olusesi, Vice President, NYC, NY
  • A Black Education Network–Debra Watkins, CEO, ABEN, San Jose, CL
  • Community Healing Network–Enola Aird, Esq., Founder/CEO, New Haven, CT
  • Black Administrators in Child Welfare David Alan Brock, Member—Pittsburg, PA
  • Black Psychiatrists of America–Nana Patricia Newton, MD, CEO/Medical Director, Baltimore, MD

IBW21 (The Institute of the Black World 21st Century) is committed to enhancing the capacity of Black communities in the U.S. and globally to achieve cultural, social, economic and political equality and an enhanced quality of life for all marginalized people.