What would you like to accomplish within the next 5 years?

I’d like to help create a multi-media clearinghouse that inspires, gathers and distributes ideas, stories, images, music, etc. that present a more dynamic view of Black life and the Black experience. I believe that such a vehicle could help us all re-imagine our collective future.

 What do you think are the biggest issues facing your generation?

I think our biggest issue is that not enough people realize that we are all in a state of crisis.

What do you hope to learn from more established leaders?

I learn from everyone Ð seasoned activists, established leaders, young people and regular folk alike. I have a lot to learn.

What do you think more established leaders can learn from your work?

If anything, how to wiled the internet and other media related technologies as powerful organizing tools.

What is the most gratifying aspect of your work?

Witnessing someone discover their own agency.

What are the biggest obstacles in your work?

Defeatism, pessimism and myopia.

How do you work around those obstacles?

Never stop believing in people’s capacity to learn, grow, change and overcome.

What tools or resources do you need to help you continue your work?

Curious, brave, talented, creative, energetic and passionate people.

What advice would you give to younger folks wanting to impact social justice issues?

1) People join other People – not groups, organizations, or institutions; 2) Always believe in people’s capacity to learn and change; 3) Listen; 4) Just try. Don’t worry about making mistakes. You don’t have to have all the answers; 5) It’s okay, and essential, to have fun while laboring for social justice; 6) Have a social, spiritual and intellectual support group.

Define Leadership.

Honestly, I don’t have a concise definition of leadership. I think that different circumstances call for different styles of leadership. I don’t necessarily consider myself to be a leader. I believe that I am more of a facilitator than anything. As a student of Ella Baker, SNCC and other individuals and organizations steeped in the underappreciated organizing tradition of the South, I’ve come to truly believe that “strong people don’t need strong leaders”. Accordingly, most of my work centers on helping people discover and employ their own spiritual, creative, physical, and intellectual agency.


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