CCSS 2022 Speakers

Exhibit Hall

Connecting with the Past for our Future!

Opening Keynote
Friday, March 4
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Kenneth Mason

Anti-racist facilitator - Sojourn Project

Fellow - Bailey-Sullivan Leadership Institute


Kenneth Mason

Lisa McNair, the sister of Denise McNair, one of four girls killed in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church and Kenneth Mason, lead anti-racist facilitator of the Sojourn Project and education advisor for the The Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute present ideas to share across all generations. This session is designed to help schools use content so that young people can create deeper connections to history and have a renewed understanding of how their knowledge and actions can have significant results with issues of the current world. Explore the short-term and long-term impact of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church and become inspired to take informed civic action to impact public policy to address racial inequities that continue to exist today.
Kenneth Mason launched into advocating for educational equity in East Oakland in 1998. As a Physical Science teacher at Castlemont High School he was inspired by his students to extend his own learning beyond the boundaries of the classroom by participating in the Civil Rights immersion journey of the Sojourn Project. For two decades he has had the honor of designing and facilitating Sojourn’s anti-racism workshop with the guidance of Minnijean Brown Trickey of the Little Rock Nine. Kenneth’s mission has now led him to the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute to carry this relentless pursuit for justice.