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Camela Echols-Blackmon
Refugee Empowerment Program


Camela Echols-Blackmon affectionately known as “Cam” is a native Memphian. She has worked in non-profit management for her entire career, and for the past 14 years I have worked specifically with the refugee community. As the Executive Director of the Refugee Memphis Program (REP), she gets to collaborate with people from all different backgrounds working together for one common goal: welcoming newcomers. Between REP’s staff, interns, volunteers, and participants, she is awash with diversity in life experience, culture, and socio-economic backgrounds. Each day, she gets to witness firsthand Memphis social fabric become more enriched as relationships develop between people who otherwise likely would never have met. Each day brings fresh joys and new challenges. Her work is important because it helps give voice to the strangers in our city, eager to be friendly neighbors and productive citizens. We work to build a welcoming community that finds strength in diversity and views education as the key to individual empowerment and community betterment. Cam is a wife and a mother of four precious children, probably the only thing she love more than her work.

 


Workshop: Building a Welcoming City on a Global Scale

 

 

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