Black Women's Wealth Alliance
Kenya McKnight is the founder, CEO and President of The Black Women’s Wealth Alliance (BWWA), Minnesota’s first Black woman owned Public Benefit Corporation. BWWA leverages Black culture as its core resource and educational tool to facilitate cooperative economics through wealth literacy, home ownership and cooperative & procurement business education. The BWWA team brings more than 40 years of impactful community wealth building knowledge, skills, strategies and networks and consists of experienced entrepreneurs, educators, grassroot and professional leaders working across the business, wealth and community development sectors.
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Tamera Williams is the founder and executive director of Legacy Keepers Inc., a non-profit grass roots organization that was started in 2004 with a vision of creating social, educational, and economic achievement opportunities by leveraging and remembering the legacy of the African-American experience—a legacy of achievement, perseverance, courage, and faith. Legacy Keepers Inc. has grown into an organization of couragous community leaders seeking to develop a sense of agency amongst young people and families through the Griot Leadership Project, Legacy Keeper Tours,and Legacy Keeper Summers initiatives.
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The New Renaissance, The Poetic Diaspora and H-Cubed
Joe Davis is a nationally touring writer, speaker, and performer based in Minneapolis, MN. He is the CEO fo The New Renaissance multi-media production company, the frontman of emerging soul, funk, and spoken word ensemble, The Poetic Diaspora, and the co-founder and Artistic Director of H-Cubed: Harrison, Healing, and Harmony, a monthly event series centered on healing through the arts. As a student and educator, he has served as teaching artistat dozens of high schools and universities and most recently as the Artist-in-Residence at Luther Seminary, receiving a masters in Theology of the Arts.
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New Rules Benefit Corp
Christopher Webley is the President and CEO of New Rules Benefit Corp, a collective built on the idea of developing ecosystems and solutions for Black and Brown communities where economic, health and wellness, and education disparities breed. On October 15th 2016, New Rules on Lowry opened its doors to the public providing retail, event and creative coworking space. New Rules is much more than a physical space though - it is the nexus between arts, culture, community, and technology – and a destination location for fresh ideas, organic networking, and curated events grounded in the shared experiences of the Northside’s communities.
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CHAZ SANDIFER & VALERIE FLEURANTIN, Noir Elite Fitness
Valerie Fleurantin and Chaz Sandifer are the co-founders of Noir Elite Fitness, a North Minneapolis pop-up fitness company. Their mission is to support women of color to live healthier lives through fitness, health awareness and nutrition. Noir Elite Fitness also provides lifestyle coaching, health and wellness retreats, group fitness and meal prep classes in north Minneapolis and the Twin Cities. Their popular Jammin’ in the Parks events are held in city parks and provide fun-filled energetic workout sessions set to the music of a live DJ. Through partnerships with the City of Minneapolis and other local organizations, Val and Chaz are able to bring their fun and culturally relevant fitness programs to positively impact the health and well-being of hundreds of women of color who might not otherwise have had access or motivation to participate in a fitness program.
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From Death to Life
Mary Johnson-Roy is the mother of a murdered child, and the founder of From Death to Life, an organization dedicated to ending violence through facilitating healing and reconciliation between families on both sides of the tragedy of homicide. Through participation in the restorative justice process, Mary transformed the hatred she had for O’shea Israel, the 16-year-old boy who took her only son's life, into forgiveness and love. She now considers him her “spiritual son” and together they share their powerful story of healing and reconciliation in forums around the country.
Mary participated in Alafia’s pilot fellowship program and will be journeying with our new cohort of Alafia Fellows as an Alafia Graduate Fellow.
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Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
Meet our 2019-2020 Cohort of Alafia Fellows!