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Opening Plenary Session

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Mark C. Smith Concert Hall


Opening Plenary Keynote Address

The Hidden Biases of Good People: Implications for Child Advocacy Professionals and the Communities They Serve

Reverend Dr. Bryant T. Marks, Sr. is a minister, researcher, trainer, and award-winning educator. He is the Founder and Chief Training Officer of the National Training Institute on Race and Equity and a tenured professor of Psychology at Morehouse College. He served on President Obama’s Board of Advisors with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and as senior advisor with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Marks was also a contributor and trainer with the Obama Administration’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) and 21st Century Policing programs. He holds a B.A. in psychology and a minor in economics from Morehouse College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Marks conducts research and professional development in the areas of diversity and implicit bias, Black male psychology and development, and personal passion and productivity.



Founder and Chief Training Officer
The National Training Institute on Race and Equity

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Opening Remarks

Kenneth Anderson is a nationally certified counselor with over thirty years of experience in the mental health profession. He is a graduate of Oakwood University (B.A., Psychology, and Alabama A&M University (M.S., Clinical Psychology, 1990). On January 25, 2013, he was appointed Multicultural Affairs Officer for the City of Huntsville by Mayor Battle after spending 16 years at Calhoun Community College, most recently as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences. In this position, Mr. Anderson acts as a liaison between the city and the community on multicultural issues, encouraging understanding and promoting social justice among diverse groups.


Multicultural Affairs Officer
Office of the Mayor
City of Huntsville