Host organization: Philadelphia Prison System
Dorothy Johnson-Speight will mobilize women who are impacted by homicide and who seek changes to our overly punitive responses to violence and crime.
Johnson-Speight, whose son was shot and killed during a dispute over a parking space, is the founder and executive director of Mothers in Charge, a Philadelphia-based violence prevention program. A licensed family therapist, Johnson-Speight is a highly regarded advocate, speaker, and commentator on the myriad ways that individuals, families, and communities are harmed by violence—and what can be done to prevent it from happening. Her work has been recognized locally and nationally, and in 2013 the Philadelphia Inquirer named her “Philadelphia Citizen of the Year.” Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter appointed her to the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Prison System, and in the wake of the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, she was invited by the White House to address the federal task force on gun violence.