A leader in conversations of historical empathy, Brown is a collector of over 15,000 historical freedom artifacts that date as early as 321 AD and concentrates on stories of resilience. Brown passionately leads annual Underground Railroad study tours for educators and leaders that are inspired to learn from the heroic voices of this period of time in history.
As the emeritus chairman of the Black Voice Foundation, Brown leads conversations on empathy and history with hundreds of teachers and thousands of students where learners gain knowledge and power of Freedom Movements. Bringing our combined story makes us stronger when we learn stories of those that fought together for change. As a two term policy maker, Brown represented 33 school districts and over 400,000 students in many roles including the California School Boards Association, State legislative affairs committee , Board policy committee, Golden Bell winner and President of the San Bernardino County Board of Education. Brown was very supportive of National History Day, Mock Trial, Academic Decathlon, and reading in schools. Working with our county Superintendent, Brown led in the development of the county’s first department of Equity, which inspired multiple districts to create an equity plan to address the needs of their students.
Brown is the curator and storyteller of the major collection of rare documents helping people to understand and explore the institution of enslavement and the inspiration of freedom fighters around the world. “The Gore Collection has a focus on building historical empathy by immersing you in a world where people were considered objects - a prejudice that was entirely based on the color of one's skin.” Our traveling exhibits have been viewed by over 250,000 people at the California State Capitol, California African American Museum (Los Angeles), University of California Riverside, and the San Bernardino County museum along with multiple schools in the region. We challenge visitors to ask themselves, “In 150 years, what will history say about you?”, and share that we are more alike than different.
Brown has over 25 years experience in Social Impact, Research, Fundraising, College Career Development, and the solicitation of major gifts for multiple national and regional organizations such as United Way of Orange County and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). An alumnus of the nation’s first HBCU owned and operated by African Americans (1856), Wilberforce University, Brown recently returned to school after 24 years to completed his Masters of Arts degree from Claremont Lincoln University. He studied the effects that touring the Underground Railroad had on a teacher’s ability to teach empathy and citizenship in the classroom. One of Brown’s goals was to teach young scholars, including his daughters, that it is okay to become a lifelong learner. Published in multiple publications, Brown has volunteered his time as a board member for the Girl Scouts and United Way, and serves on the Board of Advisors for Executive Education at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Brown has been a diversity columnist for the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the Black Voice Newspaper.
2020/2021, Brown served as President of The California Association of Black School Educators where the organization has achieved an impact that will support millions of students in the state of California. Under our support and leadership, CA Diversifying the Teaching Workforce Grant Program, was promised to be addressed through the budget – specifically using two different avenues (Teacher Grants and Educator Effectiveness).
• Firstly, the legislature included $350 million for the Teacher Residency Grant Program, with priority consideration given to applicants who demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the diversity of the teaching workforce (i.e., candidates of color). As part of this appropriation, the state authorized one-time grants for local efforts to recruit, develop support systems for, provide outreach and communications strategies to, and retain a diverse teaching workforce that reflects the diversity of the community that a school district serves.
• Secondly, among the provisions “Coaching and mentoring of staff serving in an instructional setting and beginning teacher or administrator induction, including, but not limited to, coaching and mentoring solutions that address a local need for teachers that can serve all pupil populations with a focus on retaining teachers, and offering structured feedback and coaching systems organized around social-emotional learning, including, but not limited to, promoting teacher self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships, and responsible decision-making skills, improving teacher attitudes and beliefs about one’s self and others, and supporting learning communities for educators to engage in a meaningful classroom teaching experience.” Not only was this historic – as a state, California has never seen this kind of targeted intervention for teachers of color (AB 520).
Hardy has been married to his wife Sonietta for 25 years, and together they have two daughters, Peyton, a 13 year old scholar, and Jordan, 23, Alumna from Spelman College and a Phd student at The University of California, Riverside.
After working with thousands of university students, Brown has concluded, “My research shows many valuable skills our students need to become productive leaders in their society, which includes building empathy, critical thinking, communication, flexibility, initiative, the ability to work on a team and a strong work ethic. These skills partnered with a strong educational curriculum, exposure to opportunities, and high expectations will allow students to see a path that leads them to success." Brown utilizes culture and creativity to inspire all those he works with to reach beyond themselves in order to build the critical thinking skills needed to be successful in their careers.
A publisher, advocate, and voice of overlooked communities, Dr. Paulette Brown-Hinds finds a deeper vein of storytelling with the help of location intelligence and solutions data. For Brown-Hinds, there’s a deeper mission at play—a centuries-long tradition of service and
advocacy among the Black Press.
As founder of Voice Media Ventures, a second-generation publisher of Black Voice News, and an award-winning columnist, Brown-Hinds is a passionate advocate for local journalism and news media. She is the co-founder of Media in Color and serves on the boards of the California Press Foundation and CalMatters, a nonprofit journalism venture committed to meaningfully informing Californians about the issues that affect their lives. She was the first African American to be elected president of the California News Publishers Association, the oldest and largest trade association
for the news media in the state.
Brown-Hinds strongly believes in doing work for the public good through her service on the boards of the Inland Empire Community Foundation, Fortune School of Education and The James Irvine Foundation, with a mission to expand opportunity for the people of California. As an educator, she teaches a course at UC Riverside connecting students in media and the arts to the broader community and is the founder of Mapping Black California, a geospatial technology community media and mapping initiative. The project is featured in the book “Women and GIS," published by Esri Press.
As a news publisher she views location intelligence as key to producing deeply researched articles to inform the public, empower the voiceless, and spur social change. She is the recipient of Google News Initiative innovation challenge funding to develop a data hub and content sharing platform primarily for Black Press.
Brown-Hinds is a former fellow at the Salzburg Seminar in American Studies, Salzburg, Austria. As a life-long student of African- American literature, culture and history she has led Underground Railroad Study Tours for over 20 years and co-stewards the Gore Collection with her brother Hardy Brown II. To date, the tours have taught over 2,500 educators to lead with empathy and to inspire students through the lessons of the Underground Railroad freedom movement.
Dr. Daniel E. Walker,
An internationally recognized scholar and filmmaker and a dynamic public speaker, channeling intelligence, creativity and a passion for social justice, Dr. Daniel Walker makes good things happen.
He holds a B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University where he was also the president of the student government association, an M.A. in Latin American History (with distinction) from the University of California, Riverside, and a Ph.D. (with distinction) in Latin American and African American History from the University of Houston.
In 2018, Dr. Walker was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Claremont Graduate University for his global contributions to arts, design, and innovation.
Dr. Walker is the author of the critically-acclaimed book “No More, No More: Slavery and Cultural Resistance in Havana and New Orleans”, writer/director of the documentary films Sol Brothers, When Roosters Crow, Let's Have Church, and The Ten, a producer on the Emmy Award-winning television series Artbound.
He has been the Footsteps to Freedom Underground Railroad Study Tour resident historian and conductor for 20 years.
Mr. Kenneth Morris descends from two of the most influential names in American history: he is the great-great- great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great-grandson of Booker T. Washington. His mother, Nettie Washington Douglass, is the daughter of Nettie Hancock Washington (granddaughter of Booker T. Washington), and Dr. Frederick Douglass III (great-grandson of Frederick Douglass). Ken’s life until the year 2007 could be described as distinguished yet decisively disengaged from his lineage until providence called.
Ken continues his family’s legacy of anti-slavery and educational work as co-founder and president of the At- lanta-based nonprofit Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI). His career and life path are driven by a clear focus on FDFI’s mission“[t]o Advance Freedom through Knowledge and Strategic Action.” He could not have predicted that one day he would so fully embrace and be defined by the characteristics that so closely defined his famous ancestors.
FDFI brings the guidance of history to the fight against modern forms of slavery. As part of the present-day abo- litionist movement, FDFI educates young people about all forms of forced servitude and inspires them to ac- tion. Current FDFI projects include PROTECT, a partnership with two California-based nonprofit
organizations, 3Strands Global and Love Never Fails, to provide grade-level appropriate, state standard-com- pliant human trafficking prevention education to thousands of California schoolchildren from grade school to high school and the One Million Abolitionists project, which with a wide range of partners including the Nation- al Park Service, educational institutions, community organizations, and individuals will print and distribute one million copies of a special Bicentennial edition of Frederick Douglass’s first autobiography, “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave”, to young people across the country through the 2018 celebra- tion of the bicentennial of Douglass’s birth.
An accomplished and prolific public speaker, Ken regularly appears before charitable organizations, local, state, and federal government agencies, civic organizations, and students across the country. He has lectured at universities including Columbia University, Morehouse College, UNLV, Tuskegee University, Loyola University Chicago, and Yale University, and has appeared on CNN, Democracy Now!, PBS, NPR, The Tavis Smiley Show, and the CBS Evening News.
Ken is honored to have been a keynote speaker at the United Nations on several occasions. Ken appeared in both the National Geographic documentary Civil Warriors, commemorating the 150th anniver- sary of the start of the Civil War, and in the 2015 History Channel documentary Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the war. Ken also appeared in the National Geo- graphic documentary Rise Up: The Legacy of Nat Turner. He contributed the afterword to “Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century’s Most Photographed American” (November 2015; authors John Stauffer, Zoe Todd, and Celeste-Marie Bernier, with a foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.) and the foreword to a bicentennial edition of the “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave”, published in January 2017. mers a reason to do business with you.