OregonNAME 2012 Keynote Speakers

Donna Beegle Donna Beegle
Dr. Donna M. Beegle writes, speaks, and trains across the nation to break the iron cage of poverty. She is the author of See Poverty, Be The Difference and An Action Approach to Educating Students Who Live in the Crisis of Poverty. Donna has worked with educators, justice professionals, health care providers, social service agencies, and other organizations who want to assist students and families to move out and stay out of the war zone of poverty. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last planned march was to be the “Poor People’s” march. Students who live in poverty are the least likely to become educated. What can we do to continue Martin Luther King's legacy to improve outcomes for students who live in the war zone of poverty? Dr. Beegle’s insider and researcher perspectives combine experiences of growing up in the deepest poverty in America, dropping out of school at age 15 to marry, obtaining a GED at 26, and studying poverty all the way to a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She provides an exciting new paradigm for addressing poverty’s impacts on education that will re-energize and provide proven, practical tools for changing lives.

David Dennis David Dennis
David Dennis is one of the original Freedom Riders of the 1960’s. At last year’s 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides, he said, “The spirit that sparked those rides hasn't gone away. The Freedom Riders are alive and well as long as there is discrimination in this country, as long as people are not treated equally.” He was the Mississippi Director of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and Co-Director of the Council of Confederated Organizations (COFO) of Mississippi. He was close friends with Medgar Evers and was the last person to see Jimmy Chaney, Mickey Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman before they were brutally murdered in Philadelphia, Mississippi. He currently works with Bob Moses and the Algebra Project to improve math literacy for youth, and speaks across the nation. Mr. Dennis will share firsthand accounts of what worked and what didn’t in the struggle for equality during the Civil Rights Movement, and compare the lessons learned to present struggles for quality education.