#365daysofdarkness: Karla Burnet

Nashville Social Butterfly

For Karla Burnett (KB), life is about the journey, not the destination, and she intends to document every step of the way! That is why she has taken her passion for adventure to the next level with her innovative lifestyle and society blog, Nashville Social Butterfly, which launched in January 2016. KB utilizes this platform to express her hometown pride and raise awareness of Nashville’s growing metro center and country charm. As a Creative Consultant, KB works behind the scenes, connecting brands with clients through her writing, network and social media presence.

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#365daysofdarkness: Dr. Forrest Harris

President of American Baptist College &
Associate Professor of the Practice of Ministry
Director of the Kelly Miller Smith Institute on the African-American Church at Vanderbilt Divinity School

Dr. Forrest E. Harris, Sr. was appointed President of American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee in 1999. He is the Director of the Kelly Miller Smith Institute on Black Church Studies that has a 1.2 million dollar endowment for the perpetuation of theological study and dialogue in African American congregations, and Assistant Dean for Black Church Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School.

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#365daysofdarkness: Lonnell Matthews Jr.

Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods & Community Engagement

Matthews is a native of Nashville, Tennessee who grew up in the Bordeaux community. He graduated from Martin Luther King High School and is a proud alumnus of Tennessee State University where he studied Accounting and Business Law. Lonnell’s career in youth development began over 15 years ago at the Northwest YMCA in North Nashville where he led empowerment programs such as the Y-CAP, Positive Beginnings, Black Achievers, Latino Achievers, Reach & Rise Mentoring, Step Up, NAZA Z and Fun Company.

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#365daysofdarkness: Brian Kariuki

Principal of Independence Academy Principal of Intrepid College Prep

Bryan Kariuki serves as Principal of Independence Academy Principal of Intrepid College public charter school in Antioch, Tennessee. Prior to this role, he served as the numeracy instructional leader at Intrepid College Prep and he served as the seventh-grade math instructor at both Liberty Collegiate Academy and then at Intrepid.

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#365daysofdarkness: LaDonna Boyd

CEO, R.H. Boyd Publishing Corporation

LaDonna Boyd is a native of Nashville, TN, where her family has resided for the past five generations, leaving a significant impact on the economic development and cultural history of the city and beyond.

She is CEO of one of the largest publishing centers in the Southeast, R. H. Boyd Publishing Corporation. The Boyd lineage is one of desire, common sense, hard-work, self-determination and, as a result, four generations of prosperity.

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