Systemic Racism in Louisville and How We Move Forward


Cynthia Brown  

Cynthia Brown — Cynthia Brown is a business consultant and director of JFCS-Navigate Enterprise Center. She has been with JFCS 5 years and has served in several roles including marketing, program coordinator, and business development. She holds an AAS in Graphic Design and a BA in Communications as well as graduate studies in sociology. She has over 20 years’ experience in marketing and advertising and running a freelance graphic design and marketing consultation business. Before coming to JFCS Cynthia worked for 12 years at AT&T Advertising Solutions, providing direct services to small businesses. Cynthia understands the struggles of being a small business owner and is committed to assisting underserved aspiring entrepreneurs to overcome challenges and equipping them with the tools and resources to start and grow sustainable businesses.

Dr. Cherie Dawson-Edwards  

Dr. Cherie Dawson-Edwards — Dr. Cherie Dawson-Edwards is Associate Dean, A&S Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and an Associate Professor for the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Louisville. She also directs the College of Arts & Sciences' Social Change Minor. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Science in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville. She has taught a variety of criminal justice courses, but her research and teaching interests center on the intersection of public policy and criminal justice with a specific focus on schools and juvenile justice. In addition to a career in teaching, Dr. Dawson-Edwards has held positions in probation and victim services. She is a National Board Member for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and serves on the Executive Committee of American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky (ACLU-KY). She also serves on the statewide Subcommittee for Equity and Justice for All Youth (SEJAY) – the KY statewide Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Committee.

Dr. Steven D. Kniffley Jr., PsyD, MPA, ABPP, HSP  

Dr. Steven D. Kniffley Jr., PsyD, MPA, ABPP, HSP — Steven D. Kniffley Jr., PsyD MPA ABPP is the Associate Director for the Center for Behavioral Health and an Assistant Professor in Spalding University’s School of Professional Psychology. He currently teaches Multicultural Psychology and Intro to Psychotherapy. Dr. Kniffley is also a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Kniffley’s area of expertise is research and clinical work with Black males. Specifically, his work focuses on understanding and developing culturally appropriate interventions for Black male psychopathology as well as barriers to academic success for this population. Dr. Kniffley has written numerous books, book chapters, and articles on Black male mental health, Black males and the criminal justice system, and academic achievement.



Michelle Tyrene Johnson  

Michelle Tyrene Johnson — Michelle Tyrene Johnson comes to WFPL 89.3 Louisville from KCUR 89.3, Kansas City, Missouri’s NPR member station. A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Michelle has been a newspaper reporter, an employment attorney, a diversity and inclusion speaker, a columnist and is an award-winning playwright. She is an author of three books about diversity and one book about her grandmother. As a 2019 Pulitzer Center grantee, Michelle traveled to Dakar, Senegal, Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Memphis, Tennessee to cover how cities around the world have honored the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Michelle received her degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, her law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and is pursuing her MFA in Playwriting at Spalding University.

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