Racial justice begins in America's cities – the view from Oakland
The Californian city has a long tradition of revolt and intellectual innovation. Now, as the world looks to rectify social inequality after the pandemic, it can lead once again.
Samantha Motsoe Akwei is a Ghanaian-American poet, public servant and leader extraordinaire that lives to maximize individuals potential, transform communities and drive systematic change. The depth of her service includes being an AmeriCorps tutor, workforce development coach to formerly incarcerated, interfaith organizer, environmental organizer, digital inclusion instructor and current Diversity Director at the Justice & Diversity Center. Her quest to become an amazing leader led her to become a HandsOn Bay Area and New Leaders Council Oakland Fellow. She obtained a Bachelor in Arts in English from Spelman College and Masters in Public Administration from San Francisco State University. As a former Knicks Poetry Slam Winner, Brave New Voices Poet and 2015 Best New African Poets Anthology contributor she continues to use her voice as a catalyst for change! You can follow her on instagram @broknsylance