Aug 21 2020
SFA: Championing The Unheard: Addressing Racial In...

SFA: Championing The Unheard: Addressing Racial In...

Presented by Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center at Online/Virtual Space

When she went to college, Cecile Scoon realized her own parents were relegated to sitting at “the back of the bus.” It drove her decision to become a Civil Rights attorney and social activist. The inability to see or to diminish the accomplishments of Black co-workers is something she has heard far too many times as she takes depositions in her employment discrimination cases involving race and gender.

Chris King realized the inequity in our education system. He founded the Elevation Scholars Program with the focus on educational inequality in the United States, primarily in Central Florida. The goal is to prepare high-achieving students from low-income families for acceptance into the nation’s most selective colleges and universities and to walk with them through college graduation.

A civically responsible individual recognizes himself or herself as a member of a larger social fabric and therefore considers social problems to be at least partly his or her own.  Civic minded individuals promote the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes and take action when needed.

Join in on this panel discussion moderated by Monica May to hear how Cecile and Chris saw a need and took action – and hear how you can too!


About Our Speakers:

Monica May

A radio & television veteran, community affairs expert, and founder of Let’s Spill the Tea®, a nonprofit organization supporting parent to teen relationships. Her latest pivot is principle consultant with Monica May Communications.

In addition to keynote speaking, political moderation, and corporate consulting, Monica facilitates workshops on an array of topics including Community Relations Programming College & Career Readiness and Creating Transparent Family Relationships.

Her flagship workshop, Let’s Spill the Tea®,( came to life after a heart-to- heart with her daughter and other young women who felt guarded when having conversations with their mothers. To expand its reach, she co-authored, Let’s Spill the Tea: A 21-Day Mother Daughter Journal, with her daughter, Monique.

Within the span of her career, Monica’s philanthropic reach has generated a total of $5.2 million in nontraditional revenue using her unique approach to community engagement.

Since beginning her career at the helm of Urban One founder, Cathy Hughes, and reaching a pinnacle with the beloved, Tom Joyner, Monica has been affectionately known as, “the hardest working woman in radio.”

Cecile Scoon

Cecile Scoon received a Visual and Environmental Studies undergraduate degree from Harvard in 1981. She is currently a civil rights lawyer in Panama City, Florida. After graduating from U. Virginia School of Law in 1984, she spent five years as an active duty Air Force JAG prosecuting in military courts-martial. She retired from the A.F. reserves as a Major in 2005.

Cecile attempts to protect the rights of those wronged at work due to their race, religion, age, disability, place of birth, or unwanted sexual advances.

When not burning the midnight oil drafting lengthy pleadings, Cecile enjoys parenting her three children, as well as running, gardening, painting, and watching soccer with her best friend, husband, law partner, and LWV member, Alvin Peters.

Cecile is the First Vice President of the LWV of Florida and a past president of the Bay County LWV.  She is also the chair of the state League efforts on the Restoration of Voting Rights for persons with felony convictions who have completed their sentences. Cecile is also a proud member of the Xi Omicron Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Chris King

T. Christopher King is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Elevation Financial Group, LLC. Under his leadership, Elevation has developed a consortium of companies specializing in real estate investment, property management and property renovation. Mr. King oversees a group of affiliated companies that have successfully launched seven private real estate investment funds and currently own and operate assets in nine U.S. states. Under his leadership, Elevation has developed a network of hundreds of private investors across the United States who have supported Elevation’s efforts to revitalize and preserve affordable housing while creating a profitable return.

Chris received his undergraduate degree in Religion, Politics and American Public Policy from Harvard College and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Florida.

In 2018, Chris King ran for Governor of Florida and his race and platform is documented in hundreds of articles by the state’s leading newspapers and political journals. Ultimately, he was selected as the Democratic Nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Florida in one of the nation’s closest and most watched mid-term elections. Along with his running mate, Mr. King earned over 4,000,000 votes.

Chris has been widely recognized as one of the state’s leading voices for affordable housing and housing security. He has twice been honored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development for “Excellence in the Preservation of Affordable Housing” and he is a frequent speaker, writer and social media advocate for underserved communities needing greater access to affordable housing.

King’s philanthropic career includes founding the Elevation Foundation, a public charity charged to address inequality through education and entrepreneurship, and founding The Elevation Scholars Program, a best in class initiative that provides college admissions and opportunity scholarships to high-performing student leaders from low-income high schools. His work has also included supporting charitable development programs in Haiti and Africa and in 2016 helped launch The Elevation Academy, an elementary school in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Chris is married to Kristen King—his high school sweetheart—and they have three children, Charlie, Mary Grace and Luke. The King family attends Summit Church.


Admission Info

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Dates & Times

2020/08/21 - 2020/08/21

Location Info

Online/Virtual Space