Monday, June 8th 2020
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Without equity in our work, we will always have a paradigm of the have and have nots. I have the information, I have the key to your liberation, you must listen to me because I know best. Louis Fonseca of Advocates of Youth has been quoted to say that “If you convince someone to do something – you have only convinced them. That means someone else can convince them as well”. Covid – 19 has been a glaring example of the necessity of mutual aid, community voice, and transformative healing in our communities. The historic context of these practices and current implementation all live in the people. We know now more than ever that we must activate a cultural change in health services that removes the barriers to ownership of your health. Positioning leaders in the work who represent the population that they are servicing is a strong and effective first step that can lead to a wellness ecosystem that can be a route to individual liberation.
- Assess the practices in which they uplift system impacted people to leadership in their work
- Develop a service provider/client relationship based on equity
- Define the ways an organization can amplify the voices of those who ate the most impacted
Dominique Morgan, BS
Black & Pink, Inc.
Dominique Morgan is an award-winning artist, activist, and speaker. As the Executive Director of Black and Pink, the largest prison abolitionist organization in the United States, Mx. Morgan works daily to dismantle systems that perpetuate violence on LGBTQ/GNC people and individuals living with HIV and AIDS. Partnering their lived experience of incarceration as a youth (which included 18 months in solitary confinement), a decade of change-making artistry, advocacy, and an extensive background in public health, Dominique continues to work in spaces of sex education, radical self-care, and youth development with intentions of dismantling the prison industrial complex and the impact it has on our community. Morgan is an NAACP Freedom Fighter Award recipient and a Young, Black, and Influential Award recipient for Advocacy. In addition to completing their capstone project for studies in the Georgetown University – System Involved LGBTQ Youth Scholar Program, Mx. Morgan is a 2019- 2020 National Juvenile Justice Network Youth Leadership Fellow, 2020 Martin Luther King “Living The Dream” Award Recipient and 2020 JM Kaplan Innovation Prize Recipient.
Nebraska AIDS Project
Tommy Young-Dennis, born in Omaha, Nebraska, is a gay Black man,
LGBTQ+ advocate, HIV activist and educator. After being diagnosed as HIV+ in 2010, Tommy turned his devastation into action. Within three months of his diagnosis, he founded an HIV+ support group for young adults, began volunteering at Nebraska AIDS Project, and dedicated his time to supporting and educating others living with the disease. In 2017, Tommy joined the Nebraska AIDS Project (NAP)full-time as their Prevention and Outreach Specialist, where he does onsite testing, Linkage to Care, PrEP Navigation and focuses on providing resources and education to the Black GBM community (Men who have sex with men), a population disproportionately affected by HIV.
Darryl Brown Jr.
Pastor Darryl Brown, Jr. is the Founding/Senior Pastor of Kingdom Builders Christian Center of Omaha, NE. As an author, motivational speaker, health educator, and spiritual life coach and teacher, his passion is to see people walk into the best version of themselves. Brown’s most recent work, I’m Positive, I Forgive You (How I Forgave the Man That Gave Me HIV) reveals how he navigated his shocking HIV diagnosis and after four years, made the decision to forgive.
Engaging in sexual health work via his role at Charles Drew Health Center helped affirm Pastor Brown’s heart for some of the most marginalized leading to his work with Black & Pink nationally as well as his church’s Homeless Feeding Outreach Program locally.