SPEAKER & MODERATOR BIOs
    (listed alphabetically)


    John W. Boyd, Jr. (Speaker)

    John W. Boyd, Jr. is a fourth-generation black farmer, businessman, and civil rights activist. As the founder and President of
    National Black Farmers Association (NBFA), he works to encourage the participation of small and disadvantaged farmers in
    gaining access to resources of state and federal programs administered by the United States Department of Agriculture.  Boyd
    founded the NBFA after encountering the US Department of Agriculture's discriminatory practices first-hand and meeting many
    more black farmers who shared this experience. Boyd helped to bring the plight of black farmers to the nation's attention by
    leading NBFA members in a march on the White House, meeting with President Clinton, and to testifying before Congress. He
    has been featured in The Washington Post, "60 Minutes," "Nightline," CNN and as ABC News Tonight's "Person of the Week."
    He is a past nominee for the NAACP's highest honor, The Springarn Award, and currently ranks as one of Ebony Magazine's
    most influential African Americans.

    Francis A. Boyle (Banquet speaker)

    Francis Boyle was responsible for drafting the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, the American implementing
    legislation for the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention. He served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International (1988-
    1992), and represented Bosnia-Herzegovina at the World Court where he argued and won two World Court Orders for Bosnia
    on the basis of the 1948 Genocide Convention. He served as legal adviser to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East
    peace negotiations from 1991 to 1993. In 2007, he delivered the Bertrand Russell Peace Lectures. Professor Boyle teaches
    international law at the University of Illinois, Champaign and is author of, inter alia, The Future of International Law and
    American Foreign Policy, Foundations of World Order, The Criminality of Nuclear Deterrence, Palestine, Palestinians and
    International Law, Destroying World Order, Biowarfare & Terrorism, Tackling America’s Toughest Questions, The Tamil
    Genocide by Sri Lanka and The Palestinian Right of Return Under International Law. He holds a Doctor of Law Magna Cum
    Laude as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science, both from Harvard University.


    Musa Dan-Fodio (Moderator)

    As a trial lawyer and former Managing Attorney at Hyatt Legal Services, Musa Dan-Fodio has successfully represented the
    concerns of the African-American community by advising his clients on how to empower themselves by utilizing both the
    domestic and international legal systems. Musa Dan-Fodio received a Doctorate of International Law degree at Barrington
    University/ IHRAAM Institute for International Legal Studies, supervised by Dr. Yussuf Kly; a Juris Doctor from John Marshall
    Law School; a Masters of International Business Administration studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies; and
    a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is admitted to practice law in the U.S. Court of
    Appeals, U.S. District Court, and Georgia Supreme Court. He has served as a delegate to the United Nations World
    Conference Against Racism; a speaker at the First International Conference on the Right to Self-Determination; a Human
    Rights Defender, UN Commission on Human Rights; Legal Advisor, Somali-American Trade and Economic Council; Board
    Member, African Trade Center, Inc.; 1000 Lawyers For Justice; and a presenter at the “Islamic West Africa’s Legacy Of
    Literacy & Music To America and The World” Conference. Currently, he serves as a Human Rights Advocate on matters
    affecting victims of Crimes Against Humanity and as a consultant for the International Human Rights Association of American
    Minorities (IHRAAM).  

    Henry L. English (Speaker)

    Henry L. English serves as the President and CEO of the Black United Fund of Illinois, which works to create, support, and
    sustain African American social, economic, cultural, and educational institutions and to improve the quality of life for African
    Americans through reliance on self-help at the local community level.  He is also the Chief Fiscal Officer of the PEOPLE
    Programme (Public Elected Officials and others for Policy Leadership and Exchange).  The PEOPLE Programme brings about
    the international exchange of ideas between Europe, the United States, and Africa to help craft programs and policy
    innovations that identify ways in which residents of inner city communities can forge relationships with people from other
    nations to advance mutually beneficial programs and policies.

    Kamm Howard (Moderator)

    Kamm operates apartment, retail, and office spaces on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. He is also a leading figure with the
    National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (NCOBA). He has served on the National Board and is currently the
    National Co-Chair of its Legislation Commission working to get HR 40, the Commission to Study Reparations Proposals for
    African Americans Act, passed into law.
    Kamm co-founded the Amos N. Wilson Book Club and the Amos N. Wilson Institute.  The Institute operates as a Black think
    tank and means for propagating and testing the power theories of Dr. Amos N. Wilson. Kamm, along with Pat Hill, convened
    the 2011 International Year of People of African Descent Coalition for African Descendants of Chicago also know as IYPAD-
    Chicago, with the mission “to educated, mobilize, and organize people of African descent in Chicago around IYPAD banner to
    promote the right for self-determination.”

    Tyson King-Meadows (Speaker)

    Tyson King-Meadows, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. There
    he also holds affiliations with the Department of Public Policy, the Department of Africana Studies, and the Honors College. His
    general field of expertise is American politics, and his specializations include black political engagement, racial representation,
    and identity group politics. He is author of When the Letter Betrays the Spirit: Voting Rights Enforcement and African American
    Participation from Lyndon Johnson to Barack Obama (Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield, 2011) and co-author of
    Devolution and Black State Legislators: Challenges and Choices in the Twenty-First Century (State University of New York
    Press, 2006). Prof. King-Meadows is president of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS).

    Chokwe Lumumba (Speaker)

    Attorney Chokwe Lumumba is the National Chairman and a cofounder of the New Afrikan People’s Organization (N.A.P.O.) and
    has served as chairperson since its inception in 1984 having been re-elected to the position in 2004. On July 7, 2009, Chokwe
    Lumumba was seated as Ward 2 City Councilperson in Jackson, MS.  He has pursued human rights on the streets and in the
    courtroom. He graduated with honors from Wayne State University Law School in 1975 after finishing first in his Freshman law
    class in 1973-74. In 1977, Chokwe Lumumba briefly served as Attorney for Black Liberation Army Soldier, Assata Shakur, in a
    murder case which was dismissed in Brooklyn, New York.  Practicing law for more than 35 years, Lumumba is currently the
    senior law partner of Lumumba, Freelon and Associates in Jackson, MS.

    Cynthia McKinney (Speaker)

    Cynthia McKinney has made a career of speaking her mind, challenging authority, and pressing for government transparency
    and accountability.  As the first African American woman to represent Georgia in the United States House of Representatives,
    she supported the creation of a Palestinian State in the Israel-occupied territory, sparked controversy by criticizing American
    policy in the Middle East, and criticized the U.S. government’s response to Hurricane Katrina.  After serving 6 terms in the
    House, in 2007, she left the Democratic Party and became the Green Party Presidential Candidate and ran for President in
    2008. Cynthia is a vocal advocate of the creation of peaceful US foreign policy.  She joined the Bike4Peace 2010 cyclists, and
    completed a 21-city peace tour in the United States educating urban communities in order to promote a more peaceful U.S.
    foreign policy.  She is a supporter and follower of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s efforts to “criminalize war”, and served as an
    official observer at the historic Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal that found former President George W. Bush and former
    Prime Minister Tony Blair guilty of the crime of aggression and other crimes against the state and people of Iraq.
    Cynthia now travels the world speaking out on human rights, nature’s rights, and peace while she contemplates a return to
    politics.

    Gregory A. Mitchell (Moderator)

    Gregory Abdullah Mitchell received a Bachelor of Science in Business and Juris Doctor from Duquesne University.  He is
    admitted to Illinois Supreme Court, United States District Court of Northern District of Illinois, United States Bankruptcy Court of
    the Northern District of Illinois, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Attorney Mitchell started his legal career as an Assistant
    District Attorney, Allegany County, Pennsylvania.  He has spent the last 25 years in private practice as a civil litigator gaining
    extensive experience in personal injury, family law, incorporation, bankruptcy, mediation and alternative dispute resolution, and
    contract litigation.  His current focus is mediation, alternative dispute resolution, and bankruptcy.    Over the years, Attorney
    Mitchell has devoted his time and legal expertise to various nonprofit organizations that serve minorities and protect the human
    rights of the underserved with a focus on African-Americans and Muslims.  He served as a board member of the Islamic Center
    of Cleveland; African American Historical Society of Cleveland; Cleveland Islamic Organizations; Cleveland Area Islamic School
    Project; Masjid Al-Amin; Masjid Al-Amin School; Universal School; Geneva Scott Outreach Services; Downtown Islamic Center;
    and Muslim Association for Civil Rights and Legal Defense.
    He has received numerous awards recognizing his commitment to community service and outreach.  

    Mary A. Mitchell (Moderator)

    Mary A. Mitchell is an editorial board member and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. She is a recipient of numerous
    journalism awards, including the Award of Excellence from the National Association of Black Journalists; the Studs Terkel
    Award from the Community Media Workshop; the Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club; the Phenomenal
    Woman Award-Media from the Expo for Today's Black Woman; and the Humanitarian Award from the 100 Black Men of
    Chicago. In 2004, Crain's Chicago Business honored Mitchell as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in the city. Mitchell
    earned a B.A. in journalism at Columbia College Chicago. She joined the Chicago Sun-Times as an education writer in 1991,
    and has covered City Hall and the U.S. Federal Courts. Mitchell’s columns continually raise community awareness about
    important advocacy issues, including criminal justice, police misconduct, race relations. Mitchell’s reporting has led state
    legislators to strengthen laws protecting the rights of women and children.  Mitchell’s reporting often rallies African American
    readers to empower their communities by promoting education and by protecting the most vulnerable members of our society
    -- our children and our elderly. Her column appears on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays She is a frequent panelist on
    WTTW's Week In Review, FOX-TV, and has appeared on national news programs, including Meet The Press.

    Ava Muhammad (Speaker)

    Dr. Ava is the National Spokesperson for Minister Louis Farrakhan.  She received her Bachelor of Arts  in history from Central
    State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.  In 1975, she received a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law School and was
    admitted to the New York Bar.  Her earliest professional experience was in law enforcement, in the New York State Office of
    Child Support Enforcement and later served as an Assistant District Attorney in Queens, New York. In addition to be the author
    of several books and having been recognized by Essence as one of the 30 most influential Black women in America in 2000,
    Dr. Muhammad is a gifted lecturer and researcher which has placed her in great demand among colleges, universities,
    churches, conferences and radio programs. She has addressed the National Association of Black Social Workers, the NAACP
    Leadership Conference, the Million Woman March, the 40th Anniversary of the March on Washington in 2003. Dr. Muhammad
    is the first Muslim woman in modern history to occupy a position of authority over a mosque anywhere in the world.  She
    served as the Nation of Islam’s Southern Regional Minister from 1998 until 2000, after she was appointed a National
    Spokesperson for the Nation of Islam, a position she continues to hold this day.  She is married to Darius Muhammad.  They
    currently reside in Chicago and are the parents of two lovely daughters, Sasha and Cherelle.

    Dr. Farid I. Muhammad (Speaker)

    Dr. Muhammad has represented IHRAAM in a variety of international and domestic venues. This includes serving as the key
    representative and facilitator for a 41 member IHRAAM delegation to the U.N. World Conference Against Racism (UN/WCAR) in
    Durban, South Africa, 2001.  Born, raised and educated in Harlem, N.Y.C., N.Y. Dr. Farid I. Muhammad currently serves as the
    Chairman of the Department of Behavioral & Social Sciences at East-West University (EWU) in Chicago, Illinois. He also serves
    as a member of the Organization of Islamic Conference’s (OIC) www.oic-oci.org Board of Trustees (BOT)/Board Steering
    Committee (BSC) and Interim Executive Council (IEC) for the American Islamic College (Chicago, Illinois, USA). He completed
    his B.A. degree in psychology at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y.; his M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Bradley University in
    Peoria, Illinois and his Ed.D. in Administration & Management at the University of Sarasota (Argosy University) in Florida. In
    1975-79, he served as Assistant Director of Adult Education and subsequently Director of the Ministry of Education for the
    Muhammad University of Islam/Sister Clara Muhammad school system Chicago, Illinois.  He also served as the Project
    Documentor and Deputy Director of the Federal Teacher Corp Training Program via the College of Human Learninig and
    Development at Governors State Univerity, Illinois
    In addition to his current administrative and academic responsibilities at EWU, he has also designed and managed federal
    projects under the U.S. Department of Education. During a twelve year period, these multi-million dollar projects were designed
    to help identify and train qualified first-generation and low-income high school students who needed socio-academic
    assistance in making a transition to varied institutions of higher education.

    Leonard Murray (Moderator)

    Judge Murray received a B.S. in Economics from St. Francis College and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.
    Prior to receiving his education, he served in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Army from 1968 –1970. Judge Murray was
    appointed Associate Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, in April 2007. Prior to his appointment, he worked as
    an attorney for Touche Ross’ Tax Department and in his own private law practice.  Judge Murray has served as a member of
    several bar associations and organizations, including the Chicago Bar Association, where he served as Chair of both the
    Election Committee and the Judicial Evaluations Committee — Appeals and as a Member of the CBA Board of Managers; the
    Illinois State Bar Association; the Cook County Bar Association; and the Board of Governors for the National Bar Association.   
    Judge Murray also served as Chair of the Executive Committee for the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening and
    as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Africa International House USA, Inc. Judge Murray continues to receive numerous
    awards for his outstanding service to the legal community.

    Carla D. Pratt (Speaker)

    Carla D. Pratt is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at Penn State University, Dickinson School of Law
    where she has taught courses in Constitutional Law, Race and American Law, and Criminal Law.  Professor Pratt's scholarly
    interests examine the legal construction of racial identity and the role of race in the legal profession. Her research employs
    Critical Race Theory, to explore how law often unintentionally operates to perpetuate the subordination of racial minorities
    rather than achieve true equality.  Her current research project examines tribal law’s exclusion of blacks and posits that
    slaveholding Indian tribes have consistently viewed blacks as racially ineligible for tribal citizenship.  Prior to entering
    academia, Professor Pratt practiced civil litigation in the NJ Attorney General’s Office and the law firm of Drinker Biddle &
    Reath,, LLP in Philadelphia.  

    Queen Quet  (Speaker)

    As the first Queen Mother and official spokesperson for the Gullah/Geechee Nation, Queen Quet spoke on behalf of her
    people before the United Nations in Genevé, Switzerland.  In 2008, she was recorded at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris,
    France at a United Nations Conference to have the human rights story of the Gullah/Geechee people archived for the United
    Nations. In 2009, she was invited by the Office of the High Commissioner of the United Nations to come and present before the
    newly founded “Minority Forum” as a representative of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and the International Human Rights
    Association for American Minorities (IHRAAM). Queen Quet has won numerous awards for her scholarship, writings, artistic
    presentation, activism, cultural continuation and environmental preservation including: the United States Jefferson Award for
    community service, the Jean Laney Folk Heritage Award for Gullah Advocacy from the state of South Carolina, numerous
    Woman of Distinction Awards, the National Black Herstory Award, and the “Preserving Our Places in History Lifetime
    Achievement Award” from the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission.

    Vernellia Randall (Speaker)

    Professor at the School of Law since 1990, Vernellia Randall writes extensively on and speaks internationally about race,
    women, and health care. She is the recipient of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health Chairman’s Award.  Professor Randall
    provided public health nursing services and served as an administrator for a statewide health program in Alaska. Involved in
    public health work for more than 15 years, Professor Randall focused on eliminating disparities in health care for minorities
    and the poor. Professor Randall has also served as a grant reviewer for the National Institute of Health. She has been
    recognized in Who's Who in the World since 1995 and Who's Who in the United States since 1998. Professor Randall is the
    editor and webmaster for four academic websites on race, health care, gender, and academic support.  She is the author of
    “Dying While Black”.  More importantly, she is the proud mother of her adult sons, Tshaka and Issa and the Nah-Nah of Ajani
    and Makai.

    Daniel Turp (Speaker)

    Daniel Turp studied law at the Université de Montréal and the University of Ottawa, and received his legal license in
    Sherbrooke. He gained a Master's degree at the Université de Montréal and Doctorate  (summa cum laude) from Pantheon-
    Assas Paris II University. He is a professor at the Faculty of Law of the Université de Montréal since 1982. He lectures in the
    area of Public International Law, International and Constitutional Human Rights Law and Advanced Constitutional Law.
    Professor Turp served as member of the House of Commons of Canada for Beauharnois-Salaberry from 1997 to 2000 and
    was the Bloc Québécois' critic for Foreign and Intergovernmental Affairs. Professor Turp was elected President of International
    Relations Committee of the Parti Québécois on February 10th, 2002 and is now a member of its National Bureau. He has
    published extensively in the areas of international and constitutional law as well on Québec and Canada's political future.  His
    latest legal and political essays have been published under the titles The Right to Choose: Essays on Québec's Right to Self-
    Determination and The Muzzled Nation : Plan B or Ottawa's Offensive against Québec.

    Standish Willis (Speaker)

    Stan Willis practices law in Chicago, Illinois, specializing in personal injury, criminal defense, and federal rights cases.  Stan
    earned a baccalaureate and masters degree from The University of Chicago and later studied graduate economics at the
    University of Illinois-Chicago and earned a Jurist Doctorate from The Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago Kent College of
    Law. During his over 25 years of legal practice, Stan advocated for the human rights of African Americans in US. courts and
    before international bodies including  the United Nations’ Committee to Eliminate Racial Discrimination (CERD); the
    Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; and submitted reports as part of its Universal
    Periodic Review (UPR) of the United States.  He also co-founded and co-chaired Black People Against Police Torture
    “BPAPT”, a grass-root, community-based organization to insure justice in the Chicago police torture cases, and to build a
    Human  Rights movement within the African American community.  He also helped draft and successfully lobby for a bill titled
    “The Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission Bill” to create the Torture Commission, that would have the authority to
    review the cases of those 24 torture victims who remain in prison.

    Alfred De Zayas (Speaker)

    Alfred de Zayas is a US lawyer, historian, expert in human rights, a retired member of the New York and Florida Bar, and is
    presently a Gottingen Professor of international law at the Geneva School of Diplomacy.  He earned his Juris Doctor from
    Harvard Law School and a doctorate of philosophy in modern history from the Georg-August University of Göttingen.  He
    practiced commercial law in New York in the firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, family law in Florida, and worked 22 years as a
    lawyer for the United Nations in Geneva. Additionally, de Zayas formerly served as Secretary of the UN Human Rights
    Committee, retired Chief of Petitions at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and former President of P.E.
    N. International/Centre. He was recently named the UN Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable
    International Order. De Zayas has written and lectured extensively on human rights, including the jurisprudence of the United
    Nations Human Rights Committee, the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, the US-run detention centers at Guantanamo Bay,
    "ethnic cleansing" in the former Yugoslavia, the expulsion of Eastern European Germans after the Second World War, the
    invasion of Cyprus by Turkey in 1974, and the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples.