2015 Closing Session
The keynote speaker for the closing session was T.K. Thorne.
T.K. Thorne "was born April 17, 1954 in Montgomery, Alabama. Her father was a WWII veteran, a former engineer with the Department of the Navy, and an executive with a dry goods/clothing outlet. Her mother was the State Legislative Chairperson for the League of Women Voters and an active reformer of the Alabama State Legislature. Thorne's youth was spent in a climate of civil unrest, as Montgomery was a hotbed for the American Civil Rights Movement. She attended the University of Alabama and obtained a Masters in Social Work before being hired as the first Jewish female officer for the Birmingham Police Department in Alabama, eventually promoted to captain."
"Following retirement from the police force, Thorne began another career as Executive Director of City Action Partnership, a non-profit business improvement District in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. Thorne also turned to writing (under the name of T.K. Thorne) and produced a number of notable works, including three books. Two were novels, both centered on historical research and women: the first set in 5500 BCE, Noah’s Wife (2009), and second in the biblical time of Abraham and the ancient story of Sodom and Gomorrah, Angels At The Gate (2015). In 2013, however, Thorne drew on her background in law enforcement and strong family association with civil rights leaders to debut Last Chance for Justice: How Relentless Investigators Uncovered New Evidence Convicting the Birmingham Church Bombers, a non-fictional account of the four decade long case to convict Ku Klux Klan members for the 1963 bombing of an African American church in Birmingham, Alabama (which killed four young girls and changed civil rights history). Thorne has received a number of awards for her literary works, including poetry, short stories and screenplays. She and her immediate family remain in Alabama." (Retrieved from T.K. Thorne's Wikipedia page)
The closing session was held on Friday, April 10, 2015, from 10:00 AM - noon.