You are invited to attend the Freedom Scholars Symposium, a celebration of the learning and service completed by the Scholars each year. During the scholarship program, Freedom Scholars have identified a challenge(s) facing their local communities. The service project(s) is i implemented with the assistance of community partners and civic-leader mentors. The Freedom Scholars Symposium offers peers, family members, community members, teachers and mentors an opportunity to share in the success and growth of knowledge the Freedom Scholars have experienced throughout the academic year. Following a plenary speaker, attendees will hear from the Scholars as they present their work.

2023 Symposium: Chasing Freedom

Sunday, June 11, 2023 // Moseley Center, 100 Campus Drive, Elon, N.C.

Keynote speaker: Alamance County District Court Judge Larry D. Brown Jr.

The son of Laura Brown and the late Larry D. Brown Sr., Larry D. Brown Jr. was born in Henderson County, North Carolina. He holds an undergraduate degree from Towson University and a Juris Doctor degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law. Brown worked as assistant district attorney for Alamance County from 2008 to 2013 and prior to his appointment by Gov. Roy Cooper in 2017 he had a solo private practice in Graham. Brown is the first African American to serve as district court judge in Judicial District 15A, which serves Alamance County. An active member of his community, Brown volunteers his time to several civic organizations.

Please note: The event is free and open to the public, but registration is highly encouraged.

Program at a glance

8:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Art Exhibition & Market
Submissions being accepted through May 31 at 5 p.m. EST
More details below
9–10 a.m. Welcome & Keynote Address
10–11:15 a.m. Session 1: Ignite Creativity
Youth Artists United for Freedom
(Location: McKinnon Hall)
After a year of creating and hosting art events for the youth of Alamance County, the Freedom Scholars of Ignite Creativity — Gabe, Michelle, Carlos & Taylor — will share and reflect on the impact of their work. Their initiatives have been concerned with the potential of art to transform the lives of young people and aid in our community’s economic revitalization and growth. They will be joined in this session by panelists who will explore these and other issues in a round table discussion, with questions from the audience.
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Session 2: Project Prism
The Freedom Spectrum: LGBTQ Youth in Alamance County
(Location: Lakeside Meeting Rooms)
The anti-LGBTQ legislation sweeping across the United States and the assault against the human rights and dignity of this community most intensely affects our youth. In this session, the Freedom Scholars of Project Prism — Halli and Rusty — will share research and first-person narratives from LGBTQ youth in Alamance County. Halli and Rusty will facilitate a conversation about the local resources available to support the community, strategies for fighting homophobia and intersectional identities. A question and answer session with the audience will follow.
12:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch
(Location: McKinnon Hall)
1:45–3:45 p.m. Session 3: LatinX Mental Health
Libera La Mente – Free the Mind
(Location: Lakeside Meeting Rooms)
Join LatinX Mental Health, Ashley and Arden, as they share their deeply personal journeys to mental wellness, including the strategies they use to combat cultural myths about mental health in the LatinX community. In their work over the past year, they reflect on strategies they have used and some of the resources they have compiled to and collated for our community.
2:45–3:45 p.m. Session 4: Infinity Learning
(Location: Lakeside Meeting Rooms)
What culturally-specific resources and models exist to support the

mentoring of Black and Brown girls in Alamance County? The women of Infinity Learning, Danielle, Jakayla, Tayloir & Daniela, are determined through their initiative, to build lifelong relationships with their mentees, eighth grade girls from Broadview Middle School in Alamance County. In this session, the women will share some of the work they have done with the girls and the lessons they have learned about establishing a constellation of mentors. Their presentation includes the voices and reflections from their mentees as they continue to nurture their relationships.

4–4:30 p.m. Closing & Awards Ceremony
(Location: McKinnon Hall)
Collectively, the Freedom Scholars Class of 2023 have amassed hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to colleges in North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. In this session, we celebrate and send off our 12 honorees as they pass the baton to the 16 students in the Class of 2024. Join us for this epic sendoff and welcome reception.

Ignite Creativity: Art Exhibit and Market

As part of the Freedom Scholars Symposium we will be holding a free art exhibition and sale and invite students from the Alamance-Burlington School System to submit art for consideration. We will consider art in all media, including, but not limited to, acrylics, watercolor, digital, drawing, crochet, needlepoint, quilts, sculpting and jewelry. All submissions will be considered. Submission deadline is May 31 at 5 p.m.