Zakiya spoke with Khalilah M. Harris, EdD, JD. She is a non-resident senior fellow with Maryland Center on Economic Policy and managing director for K-12 Education Policy at the Center for American Progress.

Dr. Harris brings a unique perspective to her work, from an extensive career of working to expand access to opportunity through an equity lens in community organizing, education, education policy, youth advocacy and building an inclusive workforce. She served as the first deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and is a regular contributor on MSNBC and The Real News Network.

Zakiya Sankara-Jabar is the former 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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