2020 Keynote Speakers & Performers

Le’Andria Johnson
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Fall in love with God’s awesome power and everlasting love, in the standout new RCA Inspiration album BIGGER THAN ME, from BET Sunday Best Season 3, GRAMMY and Stellar Award-winner Le’Andria. The acclaimed artist’s unmistakable vocal brilliance is on display in a refreshing, bold project with the release of BIGGER THAN ME, as Le’Andria leads fans along a powerful journey, delivering messages of inspiration and celebration. AN immersive musical landscape incorporating a variety of beats, drum patterns, and all-encompassing sounds, Le’Andria remains a distinctive voice carving out her own lane as she intertwines genres sonically, with a modern vibe that’s also a little retro. From R&B and Soul, to Country, Pop and Gospel, BIGGER THAN ME bears an energetic fun style that breaks out from anything we’ve heard Le’ANdria perform before.

Altha J. Stewart, M.D.
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Altha J. Stewart, M.D. is Senior Associate Dean for Community Health Engagement for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.  An Associate Professor and Chief of Social and Community Psychiatry, she is also Director of the Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth at the UTHSC.  In 2018 she began a one-year term as the 145th President of the American Psychiatric Association, the first African American elected to this position in the 175-year history of the organization.   Prior to joining the faculty at UTHSC, she served as Executive Director of the Memphis/Shelby County System of Care program.  A native of Memphis, Dr. Stewart worked for decades as CEO/Executive Director in large public mental health systems in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan, overseeing the management and development of programs for persons with mental illness and substance use disorders.  She received her medical degree from Temple University Medical School and completed her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital (now Drexel University).  She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Regis College in 2006 and Doctor of Science from her alma mater, Christian Brothers University in Memphis in 2018.  Dr. Stewart is past president of the Black Psychiatrists of America, the Association of Women Psychiatrists and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation.  She is the recipient of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center Community Advocate Award, the Black Psychiatrists of America Lifetime Achievement Award, the HealthCare Hero – Physician Award from the Memphis Business Journal, and the 2019 Annual Africa In April Executive of the Year award.

King Davis, Ph.D.
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King Davis is a professor of research in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the principal investigator for an $800,000 multi-disciplinary digital archives project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project focused on the archives from Central Lunatic Asylum for Colored Insane, America’s first asylum for Africans in America. He is chairing a committee to memorialize the 150th anniversary of this hospital in 2020. King was the inaugural director of the Texas Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis and holder of the Mike Hogg Endowed Chair in urban affairs from 2011 to 2014. He served as Executive Director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health in Austin from 2003-2008. And, he held the Robert Lee Sutherland Endowed Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy from 2000 to 2008. He is a former Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services from 1990 to 1994. He has held endowed chairs at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Medical College of Virginia, and Eastern Virginia Medical School. In 2019, he was the recipient of the Benjamin Rush Award from the American Psychiatric Association for contributions to the history of psychiatry. King received the doctoral degree from Brandeis University in 1971 following service in the United States Army medical service corps.

He and his wife (Victoria) are restoring an 18th-century mill and millhouse in rural Virginia that is located mid-way between Charlottesville and Richmond.

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For the last decade, SaulPaul has earned an international reputation as a “Musician with a Message” known for entertaining, inspiring and empowering audiences across the globe. He has performed at 2 TEDx Talks, 5 Super Bowls, Google and The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts as well as some of the world’s most esteemed music festivals. He has also lectured at some of America’s top universities. 

As a national recording artist, SaulPaul has had 2 hit singles (Rise and Home) climb the charts and become #1 songs on Sirius XM radio. This November, SaulPaul received his first Grammy nomination and his company, SaulPaul Productions, was nominated for the Austin Young Chamber FAVE Awards for Community Minded Company.

SaulPaul is the author of the book Dream in 3D (Tate Publishing) and has influenced nearly a million audience members through his work. His universally accessible story of tragedy to triumph has been told on screen through the film Tower to Tower. His latest memoir, Be the Change, delivers hope in the midst of tragic situations. 

While SaulPaul is most known for impacting hundreds of thousand of youth each year, he is also known for bringing communities together through his nationwide Be the Change campaign and movement. 

For more information, visit www.SaulPaul.com