Dayton International Peace Museum hosts Racial Justice NOW! Director

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Racial Justice NOW! (RJN) is a community based, grassroots org led by parents pushing back on dehumanization in education.

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Dayton Peace Museum

Thursday, November 10 , 6 – 7:30 PM

“Learn About the Work of the Organization Racial Justice Now”
Presented by Zakiya Sankara-Jabar, Executive Director, Racial Justice Now.

Zakiya is a Parent Organizer & Advocate, Co-Founder and Director of Racial Justice NOW! (RJN) in Dayton, Ohio.

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Zakiya Sankara-Jabar

Zakiya Sankara-Jabar

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” — Alice Walker

About Zakiya Sankara-Jabar

Zakiya is a Parent Organizer & Advocate, Co-Founder and Director of Racial Justice NOW! (RJN) in Dayton, Ohio.

Throughout her organizing and advocacy at RJN! Zakiya has trained, educated and acted as an advocate on behalf of other parents at suspension and expulsion hearings and at IEP meetings.

In addition, Zakiya is engaged in policy work at the local, state, and federal level pushing for systemic changes in how schools serve African American students and families.

Locally, Zakiya represents RJN! on the Dayton Public Schools Student Code of Conduct Committee and Policy Committee,and on the family and community engagement committee for the Dayton & Montgomery County Preschool Promise initiative. Additionally, Zakiya also represent the RJN! on the Miami Valley Black Health Coalition, the Dayton Community Police Council and the Kinship Care Coalition of Dayton-Center for Healthy Communities.

Statewide, Zakiya represents RJN! on the steering committee for the Ohio Juvenile Justice Alliance and works in close partnership with the Advocates for Basic Legal Equality and the Ohio Poverty Law Center.

Nationally, Zakiya is the Co-Chair of the Dignity in Schools Campaign which is a national coalition of youth, parents, educators, lawyers and advocates working to ensure children are treated with dignity and fairness in schools.

Zakiya is the recipient of several awards including the “Drum Major for Justice Award” from the Dayton Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the Dayton’s own  “Black Excellence Award”  from the Dayton Chapter of the Nation of Islam.

Zakiya studied Organizational Leadership at Wittenberg University and worked as a human resource specialist for the State of Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities for nearly 11 years before transitioning to her role as Co-Founder & Director of RJN!

Zakiya resides in Dayton, Ohio with her husband H.A. Jabar and their 2 children.


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