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Annual Meeting Featured Speaker Roundup

Hello from a sunny and warm St. Louis, MO. We’re learning so much about Gateways for Understanding at the AAM Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo.

Today I thought I would give you a quick recap of what some of the attendees have been saying about our Featured Speakers. On Monday we had Haben Girma who inspired us to think about people with disabilities differently, that the disability is not the barrier, the barrier is the status quo. Bryan Stevenson spoke about breaking free of bonds and doing uncomfortable things because you can’t change the world unless you do. And, Vincent Valdez stimulated thoughts about how racial injustice and incarceration are linked.

Here’s some of the reaction from Twitter – follow the conversation #aam2017 #aamsmj.

Bryan Stevenson
Brian Stevenson, founder and executive director, Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery
Brian Stevenson, founder and executive director, Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery

Haben Girma
Haben Girma, accessibility rights activist, lawyer
Haben Girma, accessibility rights activist, lawyer

Vincent Valdez
Vincent Valdez, artist
Vincent Valdez, artist


Stay tuned here for more Featured Speaker quotes from the Attack Theatre and our panel of speakers talking about Gateways to Understanding Community Stakeholder Panel with Dr. Kelvin Adams, Akif Cogo, Daniel Gonzales, Dr. Mark Lombardi, Felicia Shaw, and Cara Starke moderated by Melissa Harris-Perry.

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