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Nat'l Leadership Institute 2015
The 2015 National Leadership Institute -- Building a Movement for the 21st Century: The Leadership We Need – marked a critical milestone in Public Allies’ history. At this dynamic gathering of Allies, alumni, staff, partners, Board members, and special guests from around the country, Public Allies announced our new mission, vision, and strategic direction. Our network was graced with the inspirational words and presence of powerful leaders from civil rights movements present and past, including Ava and Alana Simmons, co-founders of the Hate Won’t Win Campaign and granddaughters of the Reverend Daniel Simmons, one of the 9 victims of the Charleston, South Carolina church massacre in June, and Rev. Dr. Carolyn Maull McKinstry, who was present at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL in 1963 when white racists bombed the church and killed four of her young friends, and has devoted her life to the ministry of reconciliation and forgiveness. We also witnessed moving performances by talented spoken word artists and musicians like Public Allies alumni Freddy Flowpez andGrammy Award-winner Malik Yusef the Wordsmyth. And we honored leaders in our own network who inspire us as we move forward and give life to our mission of creating a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it. See more photos from our August event.