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Bethaney Bree Wilkinson is a dreamer, communicator, and gatherer of people. She is the founder of Grace Dialogues, a faith-based training designed to build empathy and facilitate ongoing conversations about race. She is also the event leader for Plywood People, a non-profit here in Atlanta that leads a community of start-ups doing good. When not strategizing about how to make the world a more peaceful place, you can find her shopping for paper goods or on a hike with her husband Alex.

Allie Bashuk a community organizer, curator, and creative director. She is the Bell Jar Director at The Goat Farm Arts Center, co-founder and Creative Director of Brutal Studio, and is the co-founder & co-Executive Director of the Dream Warriors Foundation. Her ultimate goal is to do creative work that pushes Atlanta to the cultural forefront.

Donell Woodson is a Virginia native currently residing with his wife Evonne in Atlanta, Georgia. He currently works as an urban community developer (city planner) in the historic landmark district called Sweet Auburn, the birthplace and national park honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His work as a planner strives to preserve, restore, and develop people and buildings within this district through shepherding both towards Dr. King’s philosophy of the “Beloved Community.” The foundation of his work can be traced to his career beginnings on Mr. Jefferson’s beloved grounds. In 2007, Donell became the first African-American collegiate pastor at the University through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. His deep passion for community as well as cultural and spiritual unity forged a bond between minority students and grounds ministries that continues to flourish today. Bridge building is a core passion of Donell’s, as he strives to embody, teach, and share this passion with all. The hope of restoring what now dimly resembles Dr. King’s Sweet Auburn while living out his personal faith values challenges, excites, and authenticates Donell’s commitment to this work.

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