Keynotes Announced!

Hear from the leading voices in civil rights on issues related to social justice, leadership, diversity and cultural competency. 

Dolores Huerta, President and Founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation

HuertaSpeakerFriday, April 27, 2018, 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Georgia World Congress Center, Thomas Murphy Ballroom

Labor leader and community organizer Dolores Huerta has worked for civil rights and social justice for more than 50 years. In 1962, she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union. She served as vice-president of the organization and played a critical role in many of the union’s accomplishments for four decades.

In 2002, Huerta received the $100,000 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship, which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF). The foundation works to connect groundbreaking community-based organizing to state and national movements to register and educate voters; advocate for education reform; bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities; advocate for greater equality for the LGBT community; and create strong leadership development.

Huerta is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award, presented by President Bill Clinton in 1998, and The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S., presented by President Barack Obama in 2012.

Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, President Emerita of Spelman College and Bennett College

Johnnetta Betsch Cole photo

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9 – 10 a.m.

Georgia World Congress Center, Thomas Murphy Ballroom

Anthropologist, educator, author, and humanitarian Johnnetta Betsch Cole, PhD, is a principal consultant with Cook Ross, Inc. a Silver Spring, Md.-based consulting firm that provides solutions in the areas of diversity, inclusion, cultural competency, leadership development, and organizational change.

She co-chairs the American Alliance of Museums Working Group on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion. Dr. Cole is a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and a member of the National Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Previously, she served for eight years as the Director of the Smithsonian Museum of African Art, which named her Director Emerita upon her retirement.

Dr. Cole is the only individual to have served as president of the two historically Black colleges for women in the United States—Spelman College and Bennett College. She has held teaching and administrative positions in anthropology, women’s studies, and African American studies at Washington State University, UCLA, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Hunter College, and Emory University.