The headline speaker this year is Eugene H. Bowens Sr. of Atlanta, past president of Interfaith Inc.
has worked in inner-city Atlanta and with the Community Block Grant programs for many years.
is a native of Florida, with a sociology degree from Florida A&M University
also received certification to teach elementary education.
It was as a teacher that he
became involved in community development.
"Health, housing and other conditions were so bad that schools were actually shut down due to high incidents of dysentery and impetigo among the children," Bowens
began to organize the black, mostly low-income residents of Pinellas County, Fla. Over time, improvements were made to the water and sewer service, health care, street paving, sidewalk, police protection and public housing.A community park and recreation center and Head Start programs began. He left the school system to work with an anti-poverty agency and supervised the first group of VISTA volunteers in the Southeast region.
In the mid-1960s, Bowens
moved to Atlanta. For the past 33 years he was president of Interfaith Inc., a faith-based Community Development Corp. serving low and moderate income families in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Bowens is a board member of Kanuga Conferences, where Lees met him.