#Building Power: Grassroots Education Advocacy with Zakiya Sankara-Jabar with Special Guest Dianna Freelon-Foster, Activist with a Purpose in Grenada, Mississippi

We hope you can join us today for our first episode of #Building Power: Grassroots Education Advocacy with Zakiya Sankara-Jabar. Today Zakiya is speaking with Dianna Freelon-Foster, Activist with a Purpose in Grenada, Mississippi.Ms. Foster was 16 years old when the Meredith March came through Grenada, MS. She was also one of the students who integrated the all-white high school in the city. Ms. Foster was elected as the first African-American and female mayor in the city of Grenada.Tune in to learn more about her activism.

Posted by Citizen Ed on Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Zakiya spoke with Dianna Freelon-Foster, Activist with a Purpose in Grenada, Mississippi. Ms. Foster was 16 years old when the Meredith March came through Grenada, MS. She was one of the students who integrated the all-white high school in the city, and was elected as the first African-American and female mayor. Watch to learn more about her activism.

Zakiya Sankara-Jabar is the National Director of Activism at brightbeam, the parent organization of Citizen Ed. She is the co-founder of Racial Justice NOW! and most recently served as the National Field Organizer at Dignity in Schools Campaign. Zakiya came to organizing, advocacy, and policy work organically as a parent pushing back on harmful school discipline policies that disproportionately impact Black students and their families. Zakiya's organizing and advocacy acumen has led to significant policy changes at the local and state level in the state of Ohio. Since then, Zakiya has worked in communities all across the country sharing tools, strategies, and skills with Black parents to shift education policy and practice. Zakiya has been named to the inaugural #Power50 leadership fellowship for women of color with Community Change and the Community Activist Fellowship with Wayfinder Foundation. Zakiya is a preeminent thought leader in racial and education justice and has received numerous awards. In her free time, Zakiya enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and two children.

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