WHO IT’S FOR
LT 2.0 is a program exclusively for LT graduates as an extension of their LT program year with the purpose to further participants’ knowledge & understanding of the ever-evolving Tallahassee region.
WHY THIS PROGRAM
This 6-month program is a series of experiences and discussions focused on positioning participants to be a part of real change and to stand up against racism and the systemic practices that seek to divide and harm, instead of build and empower. This is accomplished by providing a baseline understanding of the history of racial injustice and by engaging in intentional conversations about how we as a community can and should make progress toward racial justice.
Devil in the Grove is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.
Arguably the most important American lawyer of the twentieth century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in a case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his life.
In 1949, Florida’s orange industry was booming, and citrus barons got rich on the backs of cheap Jim Crow labor with the help of Sheriff Willis V. McCall, who ruled Lake County with murderous resolve. When a white seventeen-year-old girl cried rape, McCall pursued four young blacks who dared envision a future for themselves beyond the groves. The Ku Klux Klan joined the hunt, hell-bent on lynching the men who came to be known as “the Groveland Boys.”
Associates thought it was suicidal for Marshall to wade into the “Florida Terror,” but the young lawyer would not shrink from the fight despite continuous death threats against him.
Drawing on a wealth of never-before-published material, including the FBI’s unredacted Groveland case files, as well as unprecedented access to the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund files, Gilbert King shines new light on this remarkable civil rights crusader.
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Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 11-2pm – Opening Retreat
Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 11-1pm – Session
Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 11-1pm – Session
Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 11-1pm – Session
Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 11-1pm – Session
Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 11-1pm – Session
Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 11-1pm – Session
Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 11-1pm – Session
Co-Chairs: Darby Kerrigan Scott (LT 33) & Malone Smith (LT 35)
Darby Kerrigan Scott is a Clinical Professor at Florida State University College of Law, where she directs the Immigration and Farmworker Project and the COVID-19 Veterans Legal Clinic within the Public Interest Law Center. She serves as the 2019-2020 Chair of the Tallahassee-Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. She previously served as Executive Director of the Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee; as Program Director of the FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights; as an associate with Hopping Green & Sams, P.A.; and as a Senior Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert T. Benton, II, of Florida’s First District Court of Appeal.
Darby graduated from FSU College of Law in 2007 with High Honors, earning a Certificate in International Law with High Honors and admission into Order of the Coif. She previously served on the Board of Directors of PACE Center for Girls (Leon County) as Secretary, on the Board of Directors of the Young Lawyers Section of the Tallahassee Bar Association as President, and on the Board of Directors of the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC). She is the recipient of the 2016 Thomas M. Ervin, Jr. Distinguished Young Lawyer Award, the 2016 Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency Chapter 2 Judicial Distinguished Service Award, and she was selected as an Honoree of TCC’s 2020 Women’s History Month Celebration. Darby was recognized on the Florida Trend Legal Elite list in the area of Government/Non-Profit attorneys in 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020. She is a proud member of Leadership Tallahassee Class 33 – the most social class ever!
Malone D. Smith is a native of Mobile AL. He is the middle son of Rev. Malone Smith, Jr. and Gwendolyn S. Smith. Dr. Smith is an alumnus of Morehouse College and has a Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven, a Masters in Business Administration from The University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, and received his Doctorate of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH.
Dr. Smith has worked for several Fortune 100 companies during his professional career including leadership development at Entergy Services, organizational behavior consulting with Accenture, sales with Pfizer, and he is presently in software sales. Dr. Smith also worked as a Deputy Director at the Florida Department of Children and Families. His work in that role with the state inspired his doctoral work where he examined the church’s role in assisting persons needing behavioral health assistance.
Malone is the pastor of Community of Hope A.M.E. Zion Church in Tallahassee, FL. He also serves as the Presiding Elder of the Tallahassee District of the AME Zion church. Malone is married to Tia S. Smith and they have an amazing son, Hunter Smith. Reading, golfing, and coaching baseball are his favorite activities.
Josh DeSha (LT 33), Midsouth Bank
Sue Ebbers (LT 36), Change by Design
Gina Giacomo (LT 33), Florida Commission on Offender Review
Lashawn Gordon (LT 34), United Partners for Human Services
Jasmyne Henderson (LT 37) Pittman Law Group
Darryl Jones (LT 20), Leon County School Board/ Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality
Kate Kile (LT 37), St. John’s Episcopal Church
Jessica McGrew (LT 35), McGrew Law Firm
Heidi Otway (30), SalterMitchel PR
Amber Tynan (LT 35), United Partners for Human Services
Barbara Boone (LT Affiliate), Leadership Tallahassee
Ginny Dailey (LT 35), Panza Maurer
Sue Dick (LT 16), Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce
Sha’Ron James (LT 21), Berger Singerman, LLP
Need more information? Contact Barbara Boone or Call (850) 521-3112
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