2020 Keynote Speakers

Le’Andria Johnson
Biographical sketch
Le’Andria Delores Johnson is a gospel musician and singer-songwriter. She was the Season 3 winner of the BET gospel singing competition show Sunday Best.

Johnson’s Sunday Best coronation song, “I Shall Leap into My Destiny”, co-written by Johnson, entered the Billboard Gospel chart at number 1. Johnson’s post-Sunday The Awakening of Le’Andria Johnson album debuted at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Gospel Albums, number 3 on the U.S. Billboard Independent Albums, and number 24 on the Billboard 200.

Johnsons’ second major-label album The Awakening of Le’Andria Johnson, which included seven new songs, is the first Sunday Best contestant to receive a Grammy Award, which she won in 2012 for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance.

Altha J. Stewart, M.D.
Biographical sketch

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.
Biographical sketch

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.