Join us in Orlando for the 2018 NACSA Leadership Conference!
Expect More this year as authorizers come together in Orlando to learn more, to network more, and to ask more of our schools, our educators, our politicians, our leadership, and even ourselves. Attendees will leave empowered to be inspirational education leaders in their state, filled with knowledge and backed by new and strengthened relationships with other professionals throughout the country.
Civil Rights Activist & Medal of Freedom Recipient Sylvia Mendez challenged segregation so that she and other Latino children could be provided the same quality education provided to white students. Her parents were plaintiffs in the landmark Mendez v. Westminster School District (1947) case that paved the way for Brown v. Board of Education (1954) and ended school segregation in California.
Miss Mendez and her family have received numerous awards and recognition. Two books and two documentaries have focused on her life and the lawsuit; a recipient of the US Congress Civil Rights Champion Award; a US Postage stamp commemorating the 60th anniversary of the appellate victory; a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the National Parent Teacher Association are just a few of the many acknowledgments.
Terrence Roberts, Ph.D.
Terrence James Roberts was one of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who, in 1957, were the first black students ever to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.
These students made a heroic, and yet initially unsuccessful attempt to enter the school despite the presence of the National Guard and an angry mob of a 1,000 people attempting to stop them. In response, President Eisenhower sent US Army troops to accompany the students and remained for the entirety of the school year.
He and the other people of the Little Rock Nine were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Bill Clinton.
A schoolteacher turned actor, musician, two-time national poetry slam champion, entrepreneur, and award-winning poetic voice. He keynotes across the country and has performed pieces for such notables as Barack Obama and Oprah.
Sekou is the creator of Poetic Voice, a new, cutting-edge speaking category that seamlessly fuses inspirational speaking with spoken word poetry to make messages more moving and memorable.