“...[I] recognize myself as a leader and seeing [my] campaign helped solidify this for me...” ~ Darius Herron, BTBP Fellow
2012 BTBP Fellows Institute (from left to right): (back) Derek Koen, Garfield Bright; (middle) Darius Herron, Brandon Taylor, Macio Thompkins, Bryan Murray, Kahni Wilks, Brian Williams, Ouida Washington, Dana E. Salter; (from) Von Harris
The BTBP Fellows Institute was held in Atlanta, Georgia at the Alonzo A. Crim Center at Georgia State University and the WonderRoot Community Arts Center from July 16-23, 2012. The BTBP Fellows Program is an opportunity for selected PCI program graduates to gain more knowledge and training in media production, community advocacy/organizing and building leadership and life skills training. The BTBP Fellows Summer Institute was an intensive opportunity for each of the Fellows candidates to dive deeper into their ideas, their campaigns, fellowshipping with other Fellows and finding ways to use media to support their communities. We are looking forward to the next round of Fellows and the 2nd year of the institute at GSU in Summer 2013. Below are the 2012 Fellows and their campaigns:
BRANDON TAYLOR (Jackson, MS): Smash the Violence- Community mobilization against violence
DARIUS HERRON (Jackson, MS): Stay in School- Dropout prevention
MACIO THOMPKINS (Atlanta, GA): Lights! Camera! Action!- Community based mentorship program
Each day of the schedule the Fellows worked on one of the 3 areas below:
Media Tool development
Community campaign and civic engagement
Becoming a Community Producer- Leadership
In addition, they received training on planning their educational trajectories. Below is a screen shot of what part of a day in the Fellows Institute looked like logistically.
Support from Atlanta Community
Through collaborations and services donated by community members across Atlanta, the BTBP was able to offer diverse extra-curricular activities for the Fellows. In addition to focusing on film making, civic engagement and learning to be leaders, the Fellows were able to participate in the following (A special ‘thank you’ to all we list below and others we may have missed. Any oversight is not intentional):
- The St. James UMC CARE NOW Team building Ropes Course at St. James Church UMC Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. Mr. Larry Salter, Director of Operations, led the course and donated the half day event to the BTBP Fellows Institute.
- Yoga sessions with certified Yoga instructor Hank Margeson. Mr. Margeson led the young men in yoga breathing and meditation exercises during the the week and donated his time and services to the Fellows Institute.
- Personalized walking tour of Sweet Auburn Street, downtown Atlanta with Brian Murray, Community Specialist at Alonzo A. Crim Center at Georgia State University. Bryan opened up the rich hidden history of Sweet Auburn Street and helped the Fellows think more deeply about the hidden histories in their own communities. Bryan donated his time and services to the Fellows Institute.
- Met Ms. Bernice King, Educator, activist and Dr. Martin Luther King’s daughter, at the MLK Center. Bryan Murray arranged for the meeting and it was a great moment of connecting histories, moments of civic engagement and current realities.
- Played basketball at the Georgia State University gym. Garfield Bright, Georgia State University graduate student, arranged for the Fellows to play basketball at the gym as a surprise. The Fellows got to play ball and fellowship with Garfield. We are not sure who won the games.
2012 BTBP Fellows Institute Instructor and Team Bios
Many people donated time, effort, services and energies to make the Fellows Institute a success. Below we list the instructor and team bios (in no particular order):
Dr. Brain Williams currently serves as Director of the Alonzo A Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence and an associate professor in the Department of Early Childhood Education in the College of Education at Georgia State Education in Atlanta, Georgia. His work is situated at the intersection of science education, urban education, and education for social justice. More specifically, he is interested in the ways in which equity issues related to race, ethnicity, culture, and class influence science teaching and learning and access to science literacy. Dr. Williams holds degrees from Emory University (Ph.D., 2003), Georgia Institute of Technology (M.S., 1996), and Norfolk State University (B.S., 1994). He is also a Former Ford Foundation Fellow and Spencer Fellow. Dr. Williams lead a session on “Being a Community Producer.”
Bryan K. Murray is the Community Specialists for the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence. He is also a mentor, community leader, teacher and role model for the Georgia State University College of Education community. He has been nothing but an ambassador of promoting intercultural relations, including promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in his staff. Mr. Murray conducts seminars enlightening minds with an invaluable education that helps people understand the purpose and mission of the Alonzo A. Crim Center through materials that reflect an appreciation for the African Diaspora and how it contributes to solutions in urban education. Bryan led the walking tour of Sweet Auburn Street and facilitated the use of the MLK Center and the meeting with Ms. Bernice King.
Mike Molina, (www.momolina.com) is an educator, performance artist, cultural organizer and public policy advocate. A graduate of Xavier University and Yale Law School, Mike has led several youth programs that promote personal and leadership development through creative expression. Mike led a session on Civic Engagement.
Garfield Bright is an original member of the multi platinum selling, rhythm and blues quartet known as Shai. In this capacity, since 1992, he has performed and entertained audiences the world over. Garfield is also an educator. He spent two years (2008-2010) as a high school Geography/History teacher in Lawndale, California and was a co-teacher of The Politics Of Hip Hop at California State University at Northridge in 2007. He is currently enrolled in Georgia State University’s Social Foundations of Educational Policy Doctoral program. Garfield also earned his Masters Degree in African American Studies at Georgia State University in 2012, where his research focused on Independent African Centered Learning environments. Garfield led a session titled “Reality is just a bunch of catchy thoughts” and provided mentorship, social and academic support during the week of the Institute.
Anthony E. Outler characterizes himself as a ‘change agent’ and 'social justice educator' whose life’s purpose is to use his many talents to educate, uplift, and inspire people to actualize the greatness invested within them. Anthony has been afforded a wealth of knowledge and experience from his formal education, as well as his 10+ years of grassroots experience in education, mentorship, and personal coaching. He has a BS in Middle Childhood Education, an MS in Urban Teacher Leadership, and is currently finishing his PhD in Educational Policy Studies at Georgia State University. He is the co-founder of Epic Empowerment Enterprises which is a professional services company aimed at transforming schools, companies, and other organizations by enhancing the values, habits, and attitudes of the people in them. Anthony led a session on Planning your Educational Trajectory.
Hank Margeson’s teaching style incorporates an awareness of breathing and its connection with movement. He uses breath as a meditative process which serves to create a stilled mind fused with fluid asanas and attention to disciplined body alignment. Through this approach the process of inner transformation deepens. “In seeking the path through a committed practice, one finds that physical mastery of a posture becomes secondary to the knowledge of Self gained through the journey”.
Hank is certified in Pranakriya Yoga, 2011. He studied formally with Marlysa Sullivan, William Hufschmidt and Yoganand Michael Carroll, founder of Pranakriya and former director of the Swami Kripalu teacher training programs. Hank’s yoga odyssey began in the 60s, in an era of social upheaval and protests, and was rekindled years later on a mat overlooking the Caribbean Sea in Mexico. Since 2007, his yoga practice has been nurtured and fueled through classes taught, workshops, trainings, hundreds of practices, and ongoing research. He is an active participant in the Atlanta Veterans Yoga Project, recently teaching weekly classes to homeless veterans. He is a native Atlantan, raised in south Georgia. He holds advanced degrees in art education, and is a former photography professor. Hank led several Yoga sessions with the Fellows.
Ouida Washington, Co-Founder of Beyond The Bricks Project, Co-Executive Director of the Beyond the Bricks Project. Ouida holds a BFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute. She worked several years as an accomplished Music Video Producer, producing award winning videos for such top recording artists as Brandy, Biggie, R. Kelly, Jodeci, D'Angelo and others. Ouida has provided producing services to several feature films, 'Francesca Page' (selection for Sundance Film Festival), "A Woman Like That" (winner at Urban World Film Festival), "Love Poem-Un Easy", and "Ghetto Fabulous". She has produced short works including commercials, corporate videos, documentaries and narratives. Ouida's distinct background includes Associate Producer of the documentary components at the National Civil Rights Museum, Producer of high profile fundraiser for AAIA (African Americans in Advertising), and Director of the Intel Computer Clubhouse, a creative technology program for children 11-19yrs. She was a member of the Advisory Board of the American Museum of Natural History's After- School Technology Instructors Guide. Ouida led a session on Being a Community Producer-Planning Your Campaign.
Dana Salter holds a Masters in Education and is a doctoral candidate at McGill University; her dissertation focuses on so-called "at-risk" students and their use of technology (e.g. video games, social networking sites, digital media productions) within and outside of school. Salter has been a literacy and writing teacher and educator for over 15 years, and has taught middle school, high school, undergraduate and graduate classes within and outside of the United States (Canada, South Korea, Turkey). Additionally, she has worked extensively with community organizations to assist them in using new media in their programming, designing their online presence, programming outreach and developing programs of research. Dana helped plan and organize the Fellows Institute and led one-on-one session with Fellows as they planned their campaigns.Community Producer.”
Derek Koen, Co- Founder of Beyond The Bricks Project, Co-Executive Director of the Beyond the Bricks Project began his career with Amen Ra Films East, producers of HBO’s "Disappearing Acts" and the documentary chronicling the life of the professor and scholar Dr. Yosef A.A. Ben-Jochannan, affectionately known as "Dr. Ben". Koen was Production Coordinator for the Harlem-based documentary film company Roja Productions, working on the PBS series "Matters of Race", award winning documentary "Citizen King", "Bones of Our Ancestry", and others. Derek is an experienced Digital Cinematographer and Editor with credits that include music videos, commercials, short form documentaries, short films, Internet sports talk shows, as well as producing and directing the feature film " Ghetto Fabulous.” Derek led sessions on Guerilla Filmmaking 101. In addition, he supervised the Fellow Institute house.
Von Harris, BTBP. is one of New York's premier Filmmakers and Producers. In addition to Von Harris' film credits, productions, music videos and documentaries, he was also an advertising executive at some of Madison Avenue’s top advertising agencies. Von Harris fused his two talents, which catapulted his career as a successful filmmaker and producer. Von Harris earned his BA in Advertising and Mass Communications from University of South Carolina and a MA in Media Studies from the New School University. Von helped organized the week and led one-on-one sessions with the Fellows as they planned their campaigns. In addition, Von stayed at the BTBP house with the Fellows.