Strategies for Preserving Black Legacy Communities

Gentrification, displacement, and other dramatic community changes have disproportionate impact on “legacy residents” – people who have lived in their respective communities for generations. Join us for a discussion of gentrification, its disproportionate impact on Black communities, and how you can help fight it.

Dr. Irvin PeDro Cohen is the Executive Director of LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Cohen received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of North Florida, an MBA in Marketing from Pfeiffer University and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership and Urban Education from Nova Southeastern University. His research is centered on the social well-being (education, healthcare and economics) of low socioeconomic communities, the role the African American church plays. Dr. Cohen serves on the advisory boards of the University of Florida’s Clinical Translation Science Institute and Vanderbilt University’s Recruitment Innovation Center.

LaTonya Smith is a Staff Attorney with Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc. in Florida. She works exclusively on the Heirs’ Property Program, which includes Education/Community Outreach, Estate Planning and Probate Litigation. Prior to this, she was owner of Lipscomb Smith Law, serving clients in the areas of Probate and Estates, Family Law and Criminal Law. She is licensed in both Florida and Georgia. She has been honored with the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award by the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. Her favorite hobby is traveling. Any opportunity to pack her luggage and stamp her passport is a fun time.

Twanda Bradley is a product of the African proverb: she was raised by the ‘village’ – Progress Village – in Tampa, Florida. She has a Bachelor of Administration from NOVA University. Ms. Bradley started her 30-year Information Technology career with Verizon Data Services (formerly GTE Data Services). Now she uses her skills and knowledge in her small businesses, provides administration and organizational assistance to small business officers and reduces stress to companies and individuals when planning projects and events. In her spare time, she dedicates her energy to those who are less fortunate.

Session sponsored by Regions Bank