Dr. Catherine Meeks is the retired Clara Carter Distinguished Professor of SocioCultural Studies and Social Science from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. She is a community activist whose work has been and continues to be focused upon dismantling structures of oppression and seeking paths that lead to wellness both for individuals and the community. Catherine is an author who has published five books and is currently working on a group writing project with nine other persons that focuses on racial healing and reconciliation which will be published in 2016. She writes a bi-weekly column for The Telegraph in Macon, Georgia and is a regular contributor to Hospitality which is published monthly by the Open Door Community in Atlanta. She is involved with prison work and visits regularly on death row as well as working for the abolition of the death penalty.