Alaska Oregon Washington State-Area Conference

Convention Keynotes


Sandra Williams is an activist, lecturer, filmmaker, and entrepreneur, with an extensive background addressing issues of discrimination, equity, and social justice.

Sandra received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Washington State University and her Master’s Degree in Film/Television Production from the University of Southern California School of Cinema.

She has been involved in anti-oppression/anti-discrimination work for nearly 40 years, as the Coordinator of the Pride Center at Eastern Washington University, the Executive Director of Odyssey Youth Center, the Spokane Field Coordinator for Youth Suicide Prevention Program, and as an HIV/AIDS Prevention Educator focusing on communities of color.

In addition to activism and grass roots organizing, Sandra has effectively used the mediums of film, video, theater, and the spoken word as tools to address discrimination and oppression. In 2008, she ventured into radio with the development of a bi-monthly public affairs program on KYRS Radio 92.3 FM in Spokane, WA. Her program, REVOLUTIONARY SPIRITUALITY, which aired for four years, looked at the diversity that exists within religious and spiritual beliefs, and addressed the ways that organized religion has been used as weapon of oppression.

Currently focusing her attention primarily on the needs of Spokane’s African American community, Sandra accepted an appointment by Governor Jay Inslee in 2013 to the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs as the Eastern Washington representative and served from 2013 – 2018. She is a member of the Mayors Advisory Committee on Multi-Cultural Affairs (MACMA) and a long time member of the Spokane branch of the NAACP.

Sandra’s latest project is the development of The Carl Maxey Center, an African American cultural center located on 5th Avenue in Spokane’s East Central neighborhood. The Maxey Center building, purchased in January, will be transformed into a sustainable (green) and technologically innovative hub that will focus on Equity, Racial & Social Justice, Business & Workforce Development, Education & Advocacy and Cultural Enrichment. The goal of the center is to uplift and empower Spokane’s African American community from the inside out.


Danny Glover is an award-winning actor, producer and humanitarian with a performance career that spans more than 30 years. From the blockbuster Lethal Weapon franchise in film, to hit television shows such as ER, Glover has portrayed a myriad of popular roles and has distinguished himself as one of his generation’s most consummate actors. Glover’s performances in such classic motion pictures as The Color Purple, Witness, and Places in the Heart, have not only showcased his talent and versatility but have also brought him critical and audience acclaim. Honored with Awards from the NAACP, BET and SAG, Glover has also received several Emmy nominations for his work in such Television hits as Lonesome Dove. Off-screen, Glover has gained respect for his wide-reaching community activism and philanthropic efforts. Internationally, Glover has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program, focusing on issues of poverty, disease and economic development in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. He currently serves as UNICEF Ambassador.