I am a daughter of Ensley. My mother gave birth to me at Holy Family Hospital and I spent most of my days and nights in what is now called Tuxedo Terrace but when I was a girl it was known as the Brick Yard. I know the pain gun violence causes; my brother was murdered in Ensley. Ensley is my home and I love her. I am Deidre Clark, founder of Kuumba Community Art.
Alicia Roden is a Birmingham, AL freelance creative working in graphic design, writing and editing, procurement, specialized sourcing and project management. She graduated from the University of Montevallo in 2001 with a double B.A. in Art and in Spanish. Alicia found employment in small agencies and production houses before setting out on her own in 2010. Her work focuses on non-profit organizations and local businesses to include Mercedes Marathon, Greenbottle Candle Company, Sloss Furnaces, ArtWalk, Trattoria Centrale, GASP, Equality Alabama, Children’s Aid Society and Satterfield’s. Alicia joined Kuumba Community Arts in the hopes of teaching students the balance of good design, affordable and responsible production, and community enrichment.
Dan Monroe – Writing/Concepts Mentor
Dan Monroe, is a partner and the chief wordsmith of Cayenne Creative Group – a creative, brand-development agency in Birmingham that offers national and international brand experience in the form of an agile creative firm. Cayenne helps clients tell their stories strategically in ways that are interruptive and authentic, using whatever medium best talks their talk. Cayenne’s clients include: UAB Medicine, Altec, Birmingham Orthodontics, Golden Flake, and Milo’s Hamburgers, to name but a few. Dan BA ’83 from Vanderbilt University, is on the board of the Birmingham YMCA and is actively involved with the Cahaba River Society, Co-Starters, and with the Birmingham Sunrise Rotary Club.