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The Impact of a Narrative: Panel Discussion

March 29, 2019 @ 9:00 pm

Thank you to the Auburn Avenue Research Library for live streaming this event.

A Conversation About History, Trauma, Activism, and Restorative Justice.

The Fulton County Remembrance Coalition (FCRC) has partnered with The Equal Justice Initiative to engage our community in a process of reconciliation with our history of racial terrorism. FCRC is committed to fostering a lasting dialogue founded on truth and justice, collecting soil at the sites of Fulton County’s 35 documented racial terror lynchings, erecting historical markers, and claiming our monument from the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.

To spark a lasting dialogue that is honest in confronting our history of racial terrorism and constructive in reconciling with this past, FCRC, in collaboration with The Auburn Avenue Research Library, is hosting a panel discussion. The panel will serve as a model of how such conversations can look and will consist of experts in trauma, restorative justice, history, and activism. With this range of experts, the discussion is sure to cover the root causes of this problem, symptoms, interventions, and potential solutions. Join us in fostering this dialogue within the community!


Lyn May began her journalism career in Boston, Massachusetts, where she was a producer, reporter and news anchor. She served as press secretary, deputy director and director of communications during Mayor Maynard Jackson’s third term. Lyn was director of domestic media relations and a member of the crisis management team for the 1996 Olympic Committee. She is a freelance contributor and interviewer for various PBS programs.


Doug Blackmon is the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, and co-executive producer of the acclaimed PBS documentary of the same name. Blackmon has written extensively over the past 30 years about the American quandary of race–exploring the integration of schools during his childhood in a Mississippi Delta farm town, lost episodes of the Civil Rights movement, and, repeatedly, the dilemma of how a contemporary society should grapple with a troubled past.


Julia Bantimba is currently working to integrate best practices for trauma-related disorders into the non-public school settings at Seneca Family of Agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Boston University before moving to the Bay area to begin her career. Julia serves as the advisory board chair for the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and is a faculty presenter at the Napa Infant Parent Mental Health Fellowship and Certificate Program. She is also certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and provides trainings around the country.


Nikki Roberts is an author, public speaker, activist, and returning citizen, who’s studied both Mass Communications and Theology on collegiate levels. Nikki served 10 years without parole in Georgia’s Department of Corrections from 2004 – 2014 and frequently uses her lived experiences as well as systemic research to raise awareness on the myriad of issues associated with Mass Incarceration. Nikki is also under book-contract with Fortress Press working on her soon-to-be released memoir “Freed From Within”.

Restorative Justice

David Hooker is currently an Associate Professor of the Practice of Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame and a core faculty member of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. For more than 30 years, he has practiced conflict transformation as mediator, community builder, scholar, and advocate with communities, governments, civil society organizations, and international NGOs. Hooker’s areas of expertise include post-conflict community building, environmental justice, and other issues of public policy and social justice.

Reception with hors d’oeuvres will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the panel discussion at 7 p.m.

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