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Willie Thompson, 76 year old African North American Community Organizer, Writer and Free-Lance Journalist, Education, MSW, U.C. Berkley, 1967, E.D.D., Community  College Administration, U.C. Berkeley, 1973. Founder and Director of The Organization of African North Americans, Member,  Yoruba Cultural Association of Cuba, Foreign Affiliate of the Ile Osha  Ade Yeri of Regla, Cuba. Playwright Michael Gene Sullivan joined the San Francisco Mime Troupe in 1988. In 1992, he became a Contributing Writer, and Resident Playwright in 2000. His scripts include Red State (2008 nominee, Best Original Script, San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critic's Circle), and Too Big To Fail (2009 nominee, Best Original Script, San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critic's Circle.) Sullivan is also a blogger for the political website The Huffington Post. Lynne Morrowcurrently serves as the Music Director of two renowned choruses in the San Fransico/East Bay area. Under her direction, the Pacific Mozart Ensemble received a Grammy nomination in 2006 for their recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass with Kent Nagano in Berlin. In 2010, their long-time collaboration with Dave Brubeck (including many world premieres) led to the release of “Dave Brubeck: Songs of Praise” with Dorian Recordings. Dr. Morrow also heads the Voice and Opera/Music Theatre programs at Sonoma State University. Professor Manu Ampim, historican, primary researcher, just returned from Ethiopia and Sudan and will give us an update on what he found and the work his is involved in re: preservation of African antiquities. He teaches at Contra Costa College and leads tours to Africa. Visit http://www.manuampim.com/