Omavi Shukur - Director

Omavi Shukur (né D. Omavi Harshaw) was born and raised in a union household in Little Rock, Arkansas.  He is an attorney handling a variety of criminal defense, civil rights and consumer rights cases at the Law Offices of John W. Walker, P.A.  Before founding Seeds, he was an Equal Justice Works/Public Defender Corps Fellow and Staff Attorney at the Orleans Public Defender's Office (OPD) in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He has won trials by judge and jury and successfully litigated cases at the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Arkansas, Orleans District Court, Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Louisiana Supreme Court.  His successful litigation has resulted in published opinions in various law reporters. 

He is on the Legal Committee of the ACLU of Arkansas and is on the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Columbia University in the City of New York. 

omavi@seedsofliberation.org

Dr. Barry Colley

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Barry Colley has a Ph. D. in Agriculture and Extension Education from Michigan State University.  Dr. Colley has served small farmers around the world in a variety of settings.In the early 1990’s he directed a demonstration farm in eastern Arkansas and directed farmer to farmer network training and demonstration.  These activities assisted African-American farmers in Arkansas to make the transition from traditional row crops to alternative high value vegetable crops. He led the $10,000,000 Food for Peace Program from 1998-2001, organizing cooperatives and small farmers into commercial operations as team leader in the Rural Resources Enterprise Development Project (REAP) in South Africa.  Currently, he serves as the CEO of Seven Harvest, Inc. a non-profit which he Co-Founded with his wife Dianne.  He is directing the Seven Harvest Food Enterprise Incubator Center.  The activities range from 7ac site renovation and construction of a greenhouse and hoop house, and establish and maintain worm vermicomposting systems.  He directs mentoring and hands-on training with AmeriCorp volunteers, State of Arkansas Consolidated Youth Services and High School Youth in Agriculture Interns in the construction of hoop houses, greenhouse salad mix production and direct marketing activities.

Chaplain Jewelnel Davis

 

Jewelnel Davis has been the University Chaplain of Columbia University in the City of New York since 1996.  As the University Chaplain she works collaboratively with schools across the university to promote interfaith and intercultural awareness.  Chaplain Davis received her A.B. in Religious Studies at Brown University and a joint degree in M.Div. from Yale University and M.S.W. from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. 

John Walker, Esq.

Through the years, Mr. Walker has had an active and largely successful practice in the area of civil rights law, with representation of thousands of clients in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Waco, Texas; Killeen, Texas and the entire state of Arkansas. There are more than 200 federally cited cases that reflect his work activity.

Mr. Walker graduated from Yale University Law School in 1964.  In 1965, he opened a private civil rights and general practice of law in Little Rock, Arkansas.  A few year's later Mr. Walker became involved with Daisy and L. C. Bates in seeking to implement the Little Rock desegregation decision.  In 2015, Mr. Walker was named Arkansas Lawyer of the Year.