GUEST SPEAKERS FOR KNOW YOUR RIGHTS BALTIMORE

Ameer (Lead Speaker)

Ameer (Lead Speaker)

PhD | Writer | Lecturer

Ameer Hasan Loggins is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley, with a PhD in African American Studies. His research interests explore reality television as a social-phenomena, and how its effects on the perception of Blackness outside of a televisual realm, Black Twitter as a digital diasporic space, and Black athletic activism, and their history of dissenting in the United States of America. Ameer has conducted research for Harvard University’s Du Bois Institute for African and African American research (The Hip-Hop Archive) and currently works with Harvard University’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice on a series of summer forums, as well as being a contributing writer to the African American Intellectual History Society, The Guardian, The Undefeated, The Athletic, and is the lead orator, as well as a researcher for Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp. 

 

Benjamin Lloyd Crump, Esquire

Benjamin Lloyd Crump, Esquire

Civil Rights Attorney

Distinguished lawyers whose names are on the pages of American History books are not there because of their pedigree, their alma mater, or even their affluence. It is because of the landmark cases they won and how their success has changed jurisprudence. Attorney Benjamin Crump and his legal prowess and success have created a significant legal legacy that ensures that the promise found
in our nation’s constitution is indeed real in every state, municipality and neighborhood. As President and CEO of Ben Crump Law PLLC, his legal acumen as both a litigator and advocate has
ensured that those most frequently marginalized are protected by their nation’s contract with its constituency. The conspectus of his constitutional battles at both the local, state and federal levels
will be the textbook most frequently referenced by this and future generations of civil rights law and the protection of constitutional freedoms.

Benjamin Crump was nationally recognized as the 2014 NNPA Newsmaker of the Year, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers, and Ebony Magazine Power 100 Most Influential African Americans. He was also bestowed the American Association for Justice Johnny Cochran Award, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Eleanor Roosevelt Medallion for Service, the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award and the SCLC Martin Luther King Servant Leader Award. In 2016, he was designated as an
Honorary Fellow by the University of Pennsylvania College of Law. Attorney Crump is the President of the National Civil Rights Trial Lawyers Association, he serves on the Innocence Project Board of Directors, he was the first African American to chair Florida State University College of Law’s Board of Directors, and was the 73rd President of the National Bar Association. He has represented and recovered millions of dollars for their clients in some of the most high profile cases in the United States, like Trayvon Martin who was killed in Sanford, Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer; Michael Brown who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson Missouri; the precedent setting Robbie Tolan U.S. Supreme Court case; and 10 of the 13 Black women who were the victims in the Holtzclaw Oklahoma City Police rape case in 2015. He also served as Board Chairman of the Legal Services of North Florida. Attorney Crump and his former law partner, Daryl Parks, donated $1,000,000.00 to the organization’s Capital Campaign to ensure that poor people would continue to have quality legal representation and access to the courts.

Attorney Crump understands that the practice of law is a privilege that carries with it certain responsibilities and obligations to our society and to our democracy. He gives freely and unselfishly
of his time and legal talent to represent the poor, the powerless, the defenseless and the oppressed among us. He strives through his work to fulfill the promise of equal justice for all. He is married to
Dr. Genae Angelique Crump and is the proud father of Brooklyn Zeta Crump and legal guardian to Chancellor Isiah Crump and Jemarcus Olajuwan Crump.

Attorney Crump is the host of the critically acclaimed legal docudramas, “Evidence of Innocence” on the TVOne and “Who killed Tupac, The Search For Justice” on A&E. He can also be seen on Fox’s “You The Jury.” His CrumpWatch column, which is a legal essay on law, society, and culture, appears on NewsOne.com. He portrays legendary civil rights attorney Z. Alexander Lobby
in the Hollywood production of the upcoming movie entitled Marshall. He also appeared in the documentary, Beating Justice, the Martin Lee Anderson case and BET’s I am Trayvon. He serves as host for the Benjamin Crump Social Justice Institute Annual Contemporary Issues in Civil Rights Symposium where national thought leaders gather at Tennessee State University.

Jatali Bellanton

Jatali Bellanton

Author | Financial Advisor

In March 2015, Jatali Bellanton gave birth to her first child which little did she know would lead her to creating a youth financial literacy initiative by the name Kids Who Bank. In her search for financial literacy books for her son she mainly came across dictionary formatted books which would lead to her desire to not just write a story formatted finance book for youths but to also create a finance curriculum thus starting her journey of becoming an entrepreneur…

After 9 years in investment banking and 4 years in forensic accounting, Jatali Bellanton would decide to leave the corporate world in order to share her years of experience in the financial industry to help the young and ambitious gain the business knowledge needed to build a successful career out of doing what they love most with her book and finance curriculum.

 Among her business accomplishments,  Jatali has restructured and managed accounting departments towards multi million-dollar profits and clientele growth while lowering costs. She has helped companies survive the global shift towards online business by implementing new software programs to replace outdated forms of communication and as a financial consultant for a medical practice, was able to increase profit margins by 42% in just one year. 

Jatali Bellanton draws her influence in business and life from a range of reknown philosophers, revolutionaries, authors and, business moguls. She notes Nelson Mandela, Confucius, Sun Tzu, W.E.B. DuBois and Angela Bassett as people who have inspired her along the way. In Kids Who Bank, Jatali Bellanton strives to equally inspire young children to continue following their dreams without any disadvantage obstructing the view of their futures and careers. She is passionate about combining her business expertise with her desire to give all children a fair chance to succeed in life.

 In this last two years Jatali Bellanton via her non-profit has donated over $6,000 to schools worldwide to help foster education from school supplies to backpacks and her own book, and she is committed to incorporating financial and business education into school curricula. 

Also notable, She is about to complete the “2nd Annual Kidpreneur Awards Gala” on April 7th, 2019 recognizing the entrepreneurial and philanthropic pursuits of bright minds across the nation.

Tina L. Fletcher and Dr. Trina L. Fletcher

Tina L. Fletcher and Dr. Trina L. Fletcher

Entrepreneurs | Scholar Activists | Owners of Fletcher Education Solutions

Tina L. Fletcher and Dr. Trina L. Fletcher are entrepreneurs and scholar activists and the owners of Fletcher Education Solutions, an education consulting firm. Born and raised in the rural South by their single mother, the Fletcher twins are first-generation college students who have always been determined to positively impact the lives of others, especially youth, women and girls through education, leadership development, and their personal story of success.

Tina L. Fletcher holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and African American Studies from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in Secondary Teacher Education from Harvard University. She has interned with the Southern Education Foundation, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the Office of the First Lady Michelle Obama. Tina’s work experience includes serving as a social studies teacher at Anacostia High School where she was named the 2010 Teacher of the Year. She has also served as a fundraiser for President Barack Obama and Congressman Anthony Brown. Before returning to school to earn a PhD, Tina served as a Community Engagement Director for the Mayor of Washington, D.C.

Trina L. Fletcher holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Engineering from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a master’s degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University and a Doctorate degree in Engineering Education from Purdue University. She has interned with Lockheed Martin, Caterpillar and Kellogg’s, and Johnson and Johnson. She is the author of several research papers focusing on women and girls of the African diaspora in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Before becoming a professor, Trina served as the Director of Pre-College Programs for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) where she hosted summer STEM camps for underserved youth in 16 major US cities.

The Fletcher twins are the authors of 10 Steps to Succeeding at ANY College and Surviving High School: A Teen’s Guide to Academic and Social Success.

Quentin Vennie

Quentin Vennie

Speaker | Entrepreneur | Best Selling Author

Quentin Vennie is a celebrated speaker, entrepreneur and author of the best selling memoir, Strong in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Addiction and Redemption Through Wellness. He is also the Director of Programs for Yoga Alliance Foundation. His work has been featured on some of the world’s largest online platforms, including Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Entrepreneur, Fox News, MindBodyGreen and the Observer. Once recognized as one of Baltimore’s Top 30 Under 30 wellness influencers, Quentin was selected as one of Black Enterprise Magazine’s 100 Modern Men of Distinction for 2017, and was awarded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for his contribution in raising awareness for mental health and suicide prevention.

Quentin aims to continue working with youth in underserved and underrepresented communities on the importance of addressing mental health concerns, understanding their own traumas and how to turn them into triumphs.

TECHNOLOGY

The Hidden Genius Project

The Hidden Genius Project trains and mentors black male youth in technology creation, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills to transform their lives and communities. Since 2012, the organization has worked with over 4,200 young people to reveal their potential to leverage tech and and entrepreneurship for the greater good.
 
The Hidden Genius Project seeks to reveal the true potential of black male youth and transform their communities from the inside out. Through our student-centered, project-based approach, we invest in young black men, give them access to technology training, and plug them into an ecosystem of innovation and empowerment.