Let’s Talk Reparations – Livestreamed (November 9th, 2021, 6:30 – 8pm EST)

Presented by Young Performing Artists (YPAs), Inc.

View this nonpartisan, interactive, lively and multi-cultural panel discussion; understanding & talking reparations. Uplifting repairing slavery’s effects, educating about the people who overcame slavery and their generations that followed.

Telling the Reparations’ story through an inclusive lens, explicating how repairing can be achieved through many different avenues including historic preservation. Establishing a new role for reparations in society.

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Hear from our multi-cultural panel as they demonstrate the possibility of a connection as human equals.



Fred Hearns (Humanities Scholar & panelist) curator of Black history at Tampa Bay History Center.
Hearns received his B.A. degree in English journalism from the University of South, a M.A. degree from Springfield College Tampa Bay and a M.A. degree, in African American studies from the University of South
Florida. Retired, Former City of Tampa Community Relations Director.

Rev. Terrell Blair, Panelist, Pastor, St. Lawrence AMEC in Eatonville, FL. Studied at Asbury Theological Seminary:
FL Dunnam Campus Orlando and Genesis Biblical College and Graduate School.

Dr. Edward Gonzalez-Tennant, Panelist, received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Florida for his research into the history of Rosewood, Florida. He has taught on archaeology and African American history in New Zealand, New Jersey, and Florida. He has also worked in the private sector for some of the nation’s largest cultural resources management firms. Lecturer, University of Central Florida, Principal Investigator with Digital Heritage Interactive, and composer of a comprehensive survey of Royal’s history as well as Royal’s NRHP nomination.

Brad Cornelius, Panelist, Experienced Vice President with a demonstrated history of working in the urban planning and civil engineering industry. Skilled in Land Development, ArcGIS, Sustainable Development,
Government, and Urban Planning. He has an undergraduate degree from Rollins College and graduate degree from University of Florida.

Robert ‘Bob” Kovacevich, Owner, Avatar During Covid, Avatar is the first responders to nonprofit organizations. They are on the front lines and not in a cloistered classroom or Zoom session teaching cookie cutter resource development or strategic planning theory. Avatar is a premier nonprofit sector consultancy headquartered in Florida.


Joyce Cotton, Director of Marketing/ Community Partnerships (WEDU PBS)

Dr. Paulette C. Walker, Immediate Past National President & CEO, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


Cheryl Gibson
YPAs Event Planning Committee, Chair

Carrie Hurst
YPAs Event Planning Committee, Co-Chair

Whitany Lewis
YPAs Event Planning Committee, Production Assistant.

Beverly Steele
Founder, Young Performing Artists, Inc.

Do you have a question?

If you have a question for one of our panelists, be sure to submit it prior to the event, using the form below. We will do our best to address all questions.

Let's Talk Reparations Contact Form

This project is sponsored in part through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture, the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts” (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes), The Message Is Ministry, Sisters Of Suffrage, Black Gold Compost, CEMEX, The Steele Organization (TSO), LLC.  Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.