A NATIONAL DISCUSSION ON JUNETEENTH: Guests include WKIM’s Marsha Jews, Pam Perry (PamPerryPR.com), Judge Leonia Lloyd, Judge Alexander Wright, & Morgan State University’s Dr. Ray Winbush.
Marsha has over 20 years of executive level work experience; while simultaneously building her consultancy practice, The Bissell Street Group that specializes in business and relationship development, event planning and marketing. Former President/COO/Associated Publisher for Career Communications Group; Executive Director of Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Foundation of Maryland; Vice President of Operations for the Modern Day Marine Force in Readiness Military Exposition; A co-founder of the Women of Color Technology Awards Conference; and former radio talk show host, the Marsha Jews Show on WHCR in New York.
Marsha has won numerous awards including the Mercedes Benz’s Visionary Award; and a member of the inaugural edition of Who’s Who in Black Baltimore, Community Leader; and a Co-Author in the book, Incredible Business.
Pam Perry is an award-winning communications professional. She teaches and mentors authors, speakers and entrepreneurs on how to build a platform and attract major media and publishing contracts. She is also the publisher of SPEAKERS MAGAZINE and co-founder of Digital Business Acceleration.
Leonia Lloyd is a public speaker and author whose career as a judge, lawyer, and teacher has spanned decades serving the citizens of Detroit. Having sat on the 36th District Court for more than 20 years, Judge Lloyd has lived a life with many stories to tell which are captured in her new memoir Your Honor, Your Honor: A Journey Through Grief and Restorative Justice. Her award-winning justice programs for drug and prostitution offenders have been featured on the National Geographic Channel, A&E Network, and in the Detroit Free Press. She is a product of Detroit Public Schools and received her bachelor’s and jurist doctorate degrees from Wayne State University. Before becoming a judge, she was a partner in the law firm “Lloyd and Lloyd,” which she shared with her late twin sister, Leona. They were featured in Ebony, Jet, and People magazines along with the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News. Both she and her sister would go on to be elected to serve on the 36th District Court and be the country’s first twin judges to sit on the same District Court bench at the same time. They were affectionately dubbed “Twins for Justice.” In her spare time, Judge Lloyd enjoys going to concerts, upscale restaurants, and traveling.
ALEXANDER WRIGHT, JR., Judge, Court of Special Appeals, At Large, February 27, 2008 to November 5, 2019. Retired November 5, 2019. Chair, Commission on Judicial Disabilities, 2011-17. Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Judicial Council, 2015-.
Associate Judge, Baltimore County Circuit Court, 3rd Judicial Circuit, June 22, 1998 to December 11, 2000, and January 17, 2001 to December 18, 2002. Chair, Criminal Law and Procedure Committee, 1999-2000 (member, 1998-2000, 2001-02), Maryland Judicial Conference.
Associate Judge, District Court of Maryland, Baltimore County, District 8, 1993-98. Member, Maryland Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy, 1996-98.
Dr. Ray Winbush is a research professor and the Director of the Institute for Urban Research. As a scholar and activist, he is known for his systems-thinking approaches to understanding the impact of racism/white supremacy on the global African community. His writings, consultations, and research have been instrumental in understanding developmental stages in Black males, public policy and its connection to compensatory justice, relationships between Black males and females, infusion of African studies into school curricula, and the impact of hip hop culture on the contemporary American landscape.
He has served as a faculty member and administrator at a number of universities including: Oakwood University, Alabama A&M University, Vanderbilt University, and Fisk University. Over the last 40 years, Winbush established numerous projects to raise awareness of America’s race relations and their impact upon the lives of Black people. He received grants to further his work from the National Science Foundation, Cleveland Foundation, Job Training Partnership Act of 1982, West African Research Association, Pitney Bowes, Inc., the Ford Motor Company, and the Kellogg Foundation. In 2000, Dr. Winbush helped organize the first international conference of the National Council for Black Studies in Ghana, and in 2002 he aided in establishing the Global Afrikan Congress, the largest pan-African organization in the world.
Dr. Winbush appeared as race relations expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2005. His books, The Warrior Method: A Program for Rearing Healthy Black Boys and Should America Pay? Slavery and The Raging Debate on Reparations were published in 2001 and 2003 respectively. His latest book, Belinda’s Petition: A Concise History of Reparations For The Transatlantic Slave Trade (is considered a “prequel” to Should America Pay? Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations, and provides an overview of how reparations for the TransAtlantic Slave Trade has been a consistent theme among African people for the past 500 years.