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Leadership Alabama Commission on Race and Equity (LACRE)

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
~ James Baldwin, I Am Not Your Negro

Charge

Leadership Alabama was founded more than thirty years ago, in part to address matters of race and equity in our state. While we have undoubtedly made progress since 1989, by virtually every measure of quality of life, Black Alabamians do not enjoy parity with their white counterparts. This is due in large measure to systemic racism that persists to this day. Leadership Alabama recognizes that if we are to make significant and sustainable progress toward a more just and equitable Alabama where, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, its citizens are judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin, we must do more than talk. We must act. Our state will never realize its true potential until we fully address racism and the resultant inequities.

Leadership Alabama is committed to be a force for change on these vital issues. The Leadership Alabama Commission on Race and Equity (LACRE) is charged with taking a comprehensive look at race and equity in our state, with an emphasis on solutions and action. With the assistance of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA), the commission will explore, identify and summarize the data related to racial inequality and inequality in general in Alabama. The commission will hear from subject matter experts on a range of topics, including education, health, housing, transportation, poverty and income inequality, employment and economic opportunities, government, racism/prejudice, history, the environment, the legal and criminal justice systems, and  police reform.

In conjunction with media partners, the commission will conduct listening sessions around the state on these topics and others, learning from regional experts and spotlighting successful programs that have driven positive change. The sessions will also provide opportunities for public comment on the topics of focus, as well as the broader issues of race and equity. Utilizing the information it has gathered, and with guidance from experts, the commission will formulate a list of policy options that will enable thoughtful decision-making that can lead to substantive changes that address the root causes of racism and equality in our state. The commission’s goal and desire is that its work can serve as a catalyst for Leadership Alabama members and the public to band together and utilize the commission’s findings to establish programs and seek policy outcomes that make Alabama a more just and equitable place for all its citizens.

LACRE Members

Frank E. Adams, Jr.

Frank E. Adams, Jr.

Class XXIX CEO A. G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club Birmingham
Jannah Morgan Bailey

Jannah Morgan Bailey

Class XXVII Executive Director Child Protect Montgomery
Miranda Bouldin

Miranda Bouldin

Class XXX President LogiCore Corporation Huntsville
Kyle Buchanan

Kyle Buchanan

Class XXV President Helen Keller & Red Bay Hospitals Muscle Shoals
Harrison Diamond

Harrison Diamond

Class I Business Relations Officer City of Huntsville Huntsville
Chad Emerson

Chad Emerson

Class XX Chief Executive Officer Downtown Huntsville Huntsville
Tyrone Fenderson, Jr.

Tyrone Fenderson, Jr.

Class XXII Market President/Mobile & Baldwin Counties Synovus Mobile
Precious Freeman

Precious Freeman

Class I Director of Development and External Relations Woodlawn Foundation Dothan
Ryan Hankins

Ryan Hankins

Class XXVIII Executive Director PARCA Birmingham
Elizabeth Huntley

Elizabeth Huntley

Class XXIII Attorney Lightfoot, Franklin & White Birmingham
Eric Jack

Eric Jack

Class XXVIII Dean, Collat School of Business UAB Birmingham
Joette Kelley-Brown

Joette Kelley-Brown

Class XXIX President Kelley Health Holdings Jasper
Natalie Kelly

Natalie Kelly

Class I Corporate Responsibility Manager Brasfield & Gorrie Birmingham
Deborah J. Long

Deborah J. Long

Class XVIII Civic Leader Birmingham
JesHenry Malone

JesHenry Malone

Class XXX Civic Leader Huntsville
Gordon G. Martin

Gordon G. Martin

Class XVII Senior Vice President Alabama Power Company Birmingham
Tammy Montgomery

Tammy Montgomery

Class XXVIII District Court Judge Sumter County Coatopa
John D. Moorehouse

John D. Moorehouse

Class XXII President Team Health/Baptist Health Montgomery
Karen Musgrove

Karen Musgrove

Class XXIX Executive Director Birmingham AIDS Outreach Birmingham
Arthur Price

Arthur Price

Class XXVIII Pastor Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Birmingham
Kathy Sawyer

Kathy Sawyer

Civic Leader Independent Consultant Montgomery
John Saxon

John Saxon

Class XXX President/Managing Partner John D. Saxon, PC Birmingham
James R. Seale

James R. Seale

Class VI Attorney/Partner Hill, Hill, Carter, Franco, Cole & Black, PC Montgomery
Robert Simon

Robert Simon

Class XXVIII President Corporate Realty Birmingham
Donna D. Smith

Donna D. Smith

Class XXVIII Founder Alabama Leadership Project Birmingham
Terrance Smith

Terrance Smith

Class II Innovation Team Director City of Mobile Mobile
Laurie J. Weil

Laurie J. Weil

Class III Civic Leader Montgomery