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.


Actor Danny Glover was born on July 22, 1946 in San Francisco, California. His parents, Carrie and James Glover, were both postal workers and active members of the NAACP. Glover was a student at Daniel Webster Elementary School and Roosevelt Middle School. He graduated from George Washington High School in 1964. Glover went on to attend San Francisco State University in the late 1960s, where he played a role in the 1968 student strike, which led to the creation of the first ethnic studies department in the country. Glover went on to work for the City of San Francisco as an evaluations specialist and program manager in the Model Cities Program from 1972 to 1977. Glover trained as an actor in the Black Actors’ Workshop at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, as well as with Jean Shelton at the Shelton Actors Lab.

Glover’s career as an actor began in college, where he acted in a play by artist-in-residence Amiri Baraka. He went on to act in his first feature film, Escape from Alcatraz in 1979. Glover has been noted for his roles in The Color Purple, the popular Lethal Weapon series (1987, 1989, 1992, and 1998), Predator 2 (1990), To Sleep With Anger(1990), and Angels in the Outfield (1994). He served as a narrator of the animated films of The Prince of Egypt (1998), Antz (1998), and Our Friend, Martin (1999). In 1994, Glover co-founded the Robey Theatre Company, a Los Angeles-based non-profit with the mission of developing new plays about the Black American experience. In 2005, Glover co-founded Louverture Films, a company expressly dedicated to production of socially-conscious films from around the world. As a humanitarian, Glover has lent his voice and aid to the American Postal Workers Union, United Auto Workers, and Service Employees International Union, amongst many other causes.

Glover was the recipient of countless awards and honors, including the BET Humanitarian Award in 2004, an NAACP Image Award – Chairman’s Award in 2003, the 2002 Marian Anderson Award, several NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actor, an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead in 1991, and a 2011 Pioneer Award from the National Civil Rights Museum. Glover also received the prestigious Medaille des Arts et des Letters from the French Ministry of Culture and was honored with a tribute at the Deauville International Film Festival in 2011.

A noted humanitarian, Glover served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program from 1998-2004, during which time he focused on issues of poverty, disease, and economic development in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He was a UNICEF Ambassador.

Offering a powerful narrative of overcoming adversity, Senator Nina Turner is a gifted orator who puts political and social trends in unparalleled perspective. She is committed to the uplift of progressive ideals and values, a vocation she views as bigger than any political affiliation.


She is an insightful advocate and agent for social change. Most recently, Senator Turner served as president of Our Revolution, an organization inspired by Senator Sanders to revitalize American democracy, empower progressive leaders and elevate political consciousness. Under her leadership, the organization grew to over 600 local chapters in the United States and seven other countries. This organization has supported hundreds of candidates and progressive ballot measures over the last three years.

In 2016, Turner was a national surrogate for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders during the hard fought Democratic presidential primary. Currently, she serves as a national co-chair for Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign.

Previously, she served in the Ohio State Senate, where she advocated for progressive causes such as education reform, healthcare reform, including women’s reproductive health, and voting rights. In 2014, she was the Democratic nominee for Ohio Secretary of State and a strategic leader of the Ohio Democratic Party. Politico included her in their Playbook Power List of 18 people to watch in 2018. Outside of the political arena, Turner has decades of experience as a college professor, motivational speaker, and political commentator on national media networks such as CNN.