Meet Our 2019 Special Education Law & Leadership Conference Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Keith Mayes

Dr. Keith Mayes is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota; former chair of the Department of African American & African Studies; and the Horace T. Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor.  Dr. Mayes earned his Ph.D. in History from Princeton University.  His teaching and research interests include the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements; education policy and history; black holiday traditions; racial equity and critical ethnic studies pedagogy; and the history of African Americans.  Dr. Mayes has published one book entitled Kwanzaa: Black Power and the Making of the African American Holiday Tradition. He is currently working on another book entitled, The Unteachables: Civil Rights, Disability Rights and the Origins of Black Special Education.

Dr. Mayes established the Mayes Educational Group, LLC, which provides consultant, professional development, and training services in the areas of racial equity; curriculum development; and social studies.  Some of his current and former clients include the Omaha Public Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools; District 279-Osseo Public schools; District 196-Apple Valley, Eagan, Rosemount Public Schools; Independent School District 194 (Lakeville, MN); District 833-South Washington County Schools; and St. Paul Public Schools; National Geographic; the History Channel; the Minnesota Humanities Center; and the Minnesota Department of Education.  Dr. Mayes has lectured widely throughout the Twin Cities Metro area in K-12 schools, churches, municipal governments and corporations.  He has appeared on various media outlets, such as KMOJ, KARE-11 News, WCCO Channel 4, KSTP, Minnesota Public Radio, Radio Minnesota, KFAI, and National Public Radio.



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We invite you to join with colleagues from across the region to deepen your understanding of special education and discrimination issues through a social justice lens.

  • Thursday, March 21, 2019
  • Friday, March 22, 2019

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