October 25, 2008 the Cumberland Progressives
in conjunction with the Institute for Commnunity Justice at Fayetteville State University presented a Anti-Racism & Economics
Forum. Cumberland County Progressives President Roderick Lewis
Maggie Joralemon and Nancy Shakir part 1
Maggie Joralemon and Nancy
Maggie Joralemon is a resident of Montclair, New Jersey. She received
a BA in Anthropology in 1969 and a M Ed in 1978, both from Rutgers University. During her career as a Newark Public School
educator, she served on the State Advisory Board for BIlingual Education, Citywide School Improvement Team, and in 1994 was
elected New Jersey ESL Teacher of the Year. For the past 15 years she has been active in the Unitarian Universalist Association's
initiative to create anti-racist multicultural congregations.
Nancy Shakir, a New Jersey native, resides in Fayetteville
where she is a community activist and volunteer. She received a BA from Rutgers University and a MA from St. Peter's College.
was a High School Social Studies teacher and a District Supervisor for Social Studies and Language Arts Literature
prior to her retirement in 2006. Ms. Shakir served as municipal Civil Rights Commissioner and was an NGO Delegate to the United
Nations Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa. She has a lot of experience as a national anti-racist trainer.
Lauranita Katende part 1
Lauranita Katende part 2
Lauranita Katende is the program manager for the Institute for Dismantling Racism, which is located in
Winston-Salem, NC. She has conducted diversity awareness and cultural competence development workshops for organizations in
Forsyth and Guilford County. She advocates for social justice and is engaged in the on-going process of working to dismantle
oppressive systems within institutions, starting at the individual level.
Beth Jacobs part 1
Beth Jacobs part 2
Beth Jacobs, an education
advocate and community organizer, earned a B.A. from UNC Pembroke in 2004 and a J.D. from UNC School of Law in 2007. Prior
to joining the Justice Center, Beth worked as southeastern NC community organizer for Democracy North Carolina. Beth is now
the education outreach coordinator for the North Carolina Justice Center in Raleigh, NC.
Chip Smith part 1
Chip Smith part 2
Chip Smith, author of The Cost of Privilege: Taking on the System of White Supremacy and Racism, has been
a social justice activist for over 40 years. Smith was active in the Machinists union in Philadelphia in the early 1980s.
Later, Smith staffed Philadelphia's Community Labor Alliance in the early '90s and the start-up of Jobs with Justice
in 1999. After relocating to Fayetteville, NC, Smith co-initiated the formation of Fayetteville Peace with Justice in 2001.
Dr. Melissa Barlow part 1
Dr. Melissa Barlow part 2
Melissa Barlow, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Director of
the Institute for Community Justice at Fayetteville State University. She is co-author of Police in a Multicultural Society:
An American Story (Waveland, 2000) and has published articles on the history and political economy of crime control policy,
crime and justice in the news media, and race and class issues in criminal justice.
Ajamu Dillahunt part 1
Ajamu Dillahunt has been a tireless advocate
for working families in NC for over twenty-five years. He joined the NC Justice Center in 2004 as the Outreach Coordinator
for the Budget and Tax Center. For the last 18 years, Ajamu has served as President of the Raleigh Area Local of the American
Postal Workers Union (APWU). He has a Masters Degree in African Studies and maintains an active interest in the African Diaspora,
particularly in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Rev Nelson Johnson part 1
Rev Nelson Johnson part 2
Rev Nelson Johnson part 3
Rev Nelson Johnson part 4
Rev Nelson Johnson part 5
Rev. Nelson Johnson is the founding
pastor of the Faith Community Church in Greensboro, NC. Rev. Johnson is actively building relationships with and providing
leadership among faith groups, organized labor, and community organizations in the south in the form of the Southern Faith,
Labor and Community Alliance. Some of the most significant initiatives he has been involved with have been the successful
K-Mart labor struggle in the late 1990s,the historic Greensboro Truth and Community Reconciliation Process and the Justice
at Smithfield Workers Campaign. He continues to work for social and economic justice in Greensboro as the Executive Director
of The Beloved Community Center of Greensboro.