Amplifying Black Voices

Welcome to Community Legal Aid's Black History Project. This oral history project is a collection of stories from our Black and Brown staff members, volunteers, and board members -- both past and present.

These stories, told from their own perspectives, highlight both the unique and collective experiences these members of our team have had in their lives. Our goal is to honor them, both in celebrating the incredible contributions they’ve made in our society, and in honoring the challenges they’ve had to overcome.

Check back often as more stories and videos will be added.


Kimberly Adams, Advocate and Law School Graduate

Andrea Burton, Managing Attorney

Ayesha Cotton, Managing Attorney

Dionne Dowdy, Board President and Executive Director of United Returning Citizens

Jonathan Thomas, Paralegal

Cherie Howard, Volunteer Attorney and former Managing Attorney

Ereka Langford, Office Manager

Shatiqua Lyons, Paralegal

L. Mialon Morris, Volunteer Attorney and former Staff Attorney

Marquita Thatcher, Volunteer Attorney

James Toliver, Former Staff Attorney

Alicia Williamson, Director of Training and Program Services for ODVN and former Paralegal

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    29 Mar 2023

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