Speaker Bios

MC: Curtis Wilson, Richland County Sherriff’s Department

DJ Jeremiah, D2Jay Productions

Chris Suggs
Chris J. Suggs is the 17-year-old Founder & CEO of Kinston Teens, an internationally-acclaimed nonprofit focused on empowering youth through service, leadership and civic engagement. Chris is also the Founder and Board Chairman of Black Youth Network, a national nonprofit organization with the mission of connecting and empowering young African-American leaders to amplify their contributions to society. Chris is a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he will begin studying Political Science and Public Policy this fall. Because of his passion for youth leadership, Chris has worked with and been recognized by a variety of major platforms, including: Facebook, Nickelodeon, First Lady Michelle Obama, ABC News 20/20, Teen Vogue and more.
Bryanta “Bre” Booker-Maxwell
Bryanta Booker- Maxwell, a native of Laurens South Carolina, is a 2006 graduate from South Carolina State University where she majored in political science with a pre-law concentration. Bryanta currently serves as a legal researcher for Richland County. Bryanta currently serves as a political correspondent for The Jeffrey Lampkin show based out of Columbia SC, board member of Talented Tenth Columbia, President of the Young Democrats of SC, Vice Chair of the campaigns committee for Young Democrats of America and numerous other organizations. She resides in Columbia SC with her husband and son.
Kristina Cody
Christina lives in Gaffney, South Carolina with her husband and two sons, CJ and Bryce. She has been teaching science for fifteen years at Gaffney High School and advises a student-led group called fit2getherCCSD, which has been adopted as the school district’s wellness initiative. Christina loves promoting health and wellness in her school district and volunteering with her local Eat Smart, Move More.
Tyler Norris
Tyler Norris is a rising junior at Gaffney High School in Spartanburg County. He is very active in his community with his involvement with fit2getherCCSD.  He recently was selected to join Fuel Up To Play 60’s National Youth Council.  He also participates in the NFL’s GENYOUth program.
Patrick Patterson, MSW, MPH
Patrick J. Patterson is an award-winning speaker, advocate and influencer of change for fathers, men, boys, and families nationally and internationally. He has a powerful testimony of humble beginnings, challenges and triumphs with his own father, faith, and forgiveness. His journey also includes his inspirational transformation from graduating high school with a 1.3 GPA to earning a Bachelors Degree with honors and two Masters Degrees, all on full scholarship, which motivates students at all levels. Patrick has been a featured speaker in 45 states and 6 countries, and he is a consultant with the NFL Players Association.
Moses Washington
Moses Washington is a native of Denmark, South Carolina. He is a graduate of Denmark-Olar High School and currently a rising Junior, Political Science major at Morehouse College. In 2015, Moses was selected as one of 11 recipients in the state of South Carolina, and one of 1,000 nationwide recipients of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, a full-ride scholarship by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is a member of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees where he currently serves on the Student Affairs, Educational Policy, and Development committees. He is also the Vice President-Elect of the Morehouse College Gates Millennium Scholars. Moses has an immense passion for public service, which recently stimulated him to start his own non-profit, called the Washington Foundation. The Washington Foundation aims to positively impact the lives of children and families in low-income areas, and provide resources to neglected rural schools in South Carolina.
DJ Jeremiah
Music has been a part of Jeremiah’s life since birth. Since the age of 8, Jeremiah has been producing music and DJ’ing parties. All of this parties are equipped with lighting equipment, some that were custom made. In 2014, Jeremiah established D2Jay productions – his lighting, DJ’ing and music business. Jeremiah produces and engineers all of his tracks.. One day he hopes to expand his business to photography and videography. Jeremiah enjoys listening and sampling music from various eras. His hobbies include robotics, videography and creating electronics from spare parts. Jeremiah is pursuing a career in music and will continue to do so after he graduates high school this June.

 

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