Speaker: Carla James
Topic: This discussion will briefly explore the history of inequality and social justice in the United States. We will also explore key points from Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior’s speech, “The Beloved Community.” Discussion will center on the beauty of diversity and the need for it in order to achieve a strong beloved community.
Bio: Carla James is a parent advocate for the Ohio Coalition for Children with Disabilities. She earned her M.A. from Spring Arbor University. Her community work has been centered around social justice and equity, which is her passion. She currently serves as Secretary for the Mansfield NAACP. In this role she worked closely with the then president to bring a Diversity workshop and an Economic Summit to the community. She is currently working alongside her mother to spearhead a prayer initiative that focuses on Grandparents raising grandchildren and an initiative to explore mental health stigma in minority communities. Through this initiative (Minority Mental Health Initiative) she provides advocacy and support services to parents struggling with challenges within their school systems.