#2020NAME Conference Keynotes

NAME's 30th Anniversary Conference
Keynote Speakers

 Friday, October 9, at 10am                
Margaret Huang, Southern Poverty Law Center, President & CEO

Margaret Huang, an advocate for human rights and racial justice for 25 years, is the president and chief executive officer of the Southern Poverty Law Center. She will be the NAME Keynote on Friday, October 9, at 10 am Eastern Time

Throughout her career, Huang has championed social justice and human dignity, advocating against discrimination and oppression in all of its forms. Prior to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Margaret served as the executive director of Amnesty International USA, where she was responsible for leading campaigns to protect the human rights of migrants and refugees, torture survivors, gun violence victims, and activists and protestors across the globe. Under her leadership, the organization developed a number of new initiatives on innovation and learning; inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility; and monitoring and evaluation, while growing organizational financial resources by more than fifty percent over four years.

Huang has worked with members of Congress on critical pieces of legislation, and she has advocated before the United Nations human rights mechanisms as well as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. She has published articles and opinion pieces on human rights, and she authored a chapter, Going global – Appeals to International and Regional Human Rights Bodies, in Human Rights At Home, by Praeger Publishers (December 2007).

Huang, a Tennessee native, previously served as the executive director of the Rights Working Group, which focused on protecting human rights and civil liberties of communities in the post-September 11 era. She also served as director of the U.S. program at Global Rights, program director of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights, program manager at The Asia Foundation, and committee staff for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She received a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.


   Friday, October 10, at 3:20pm 

M. Christopher Brown II, President, Kentucky State University

Dr. M. Christopher Brown II

M. Christopher Brown II is a long time member of NAME. He will be our #2020NAME Keynote on Saturday, October 10, at 3:20pm Eastern Time. His keynote title is Pandemic-Proof Pedagogy:  Advancing Educational Equity, Pursuing Social Justice
Dr. Brown began his tenure as Kentucky State University‘s 18th President on May 15, 2017.
I am profoundly honored to be named president of Kentucky State University, a revered and important higher education institution that has blazed trails in academia, equality, and higher learning since its founding in 1886, said President Brown. Kentucky State has a dedicated faculty, staff, and student body, and I know that we will forge deep, respectful relationships that will fuel great partnerships to benefit and promote this esteemed institution.

President Brown‘s blueprint for moving #KSUForward is held up by four pillars of success:

Access: Anyone that desires to earn a public education has access to an open, diverse, inclusive, and affordable institution.

Academics: The colleges within Kentucky State remain focused on respective areas of scholarship and research, supporting a culture of academic rigor.

Agriculture: A continuation of Kentucky State‘s legacy as an 1890 land-grant institution and leader in the areas of aquaculture and organic research.

Athletics: Embodying the Thorobred spirit of teamwork, strategy, and victory.

President Brown has a Ph.D. in higher education from The Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in education from the University of Kentucky, and a B.S. in elementary education from South Carolina State University.

Prior to accepting the Kentucky State presidency, President Brown served as the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at Southern University and A&M System. President Brown also previously served as president and institutional executive officer at Alcorn State University. He has served in other executive and academic roles at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Alcorn State University, Fisk University, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, and the United Negro College Fund.