In this Keynote, Cedric takes us back to Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Cedric details what the falling of those two towers ultimately meant to him, his military unit, and ultimately his impending future in becoming a double amputee. Master Sergeant (ret) King will leave attendees inspired to serve in whatever capacity they can to create better families, communities and a better Nation!
Retired Master Sergeant Cedric King entered the United States Army in 1995. During his illustrious career, Master Sergeant King served proved himself to be an exemplary soldier graduating from several distinguishing schools in the Army, including but not limited to: the United States Army Jumpmaster Course, United States Army Pathfinder course, Air Assault course, The United States Army Ranger Course. He is also the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Purple heart, the Meritorious Service Medal and is a Four time Best Ranger Competition competitor.
On July 25, 2012 during his second tour in Afghanistan, Cedric was severely injured by an Improvised Explosive Device which caused him major internal injuries, permanent damage to his right arm and hand and the amputation of both of his legs.
Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1500 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the country.
Sandra Clark is vice president for news and civic dialogue at WHYY, the Philadelphia region’s leading public media outlet. Clark joined WHYY in 2016 and is a member of the executive leadership team. She manages all news operations across radio, television, web, and digital media. She also leads the news department’s audience growth and diversification and community engagement initiatives at the station, manages local news partnerships, and works with the foundations department on local and national news grants. Clark is a long-time vocal advocate for diversity, inclusion and equity, and closing the power and trust gap between journalists and communities of color. She is a contributing instructor/coach/mentor of emerging leaders for the Poynter Institute and serves as an executive advisor for the Lenfest Constellation News Leadership Initiative. Clark was previously managing editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she served on the executive leadership team, led diversity efforts, and created a revenue-driven innovation team. Under her leadership, the Inquirer was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2014. Clark, with the Inquirer Food Editor, also started a reader-supported after-school healthy cooking program in Philadelphia schools.
The program is dedicated to Big Joe Burrell with musical tribute by Paul Asbell.