CCSS 2022 Speakers

Exhibit Hall

Connecting with the Past for our Future!

Opening Keynote
Friday, March 4
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Lisa McNair

Public Speaker

Civil Rights Family Member and Activist


Lisa McNair

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.
Lisa McNair, Public Speaker, Civil Rights Family Member, and Activist is the oldest living daughter of Maxine and the late Chris McNair who are the parents of Denise McNair. Denise is one of the four girls killed in the infamous 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Lisa is a consultant for Sojourn to the Past, an organization based out of California that utilizes a mobile classroom format to teach students details about the Civil Rights Movement and the principles of non-violence, during a seven-day journey across five states.