Co-Founder & Board Member, Racial Justice NOW!
Zakiya came to advocacy, organizing, and policy work as a parent pushing back on the pre-school to prison pipeline. During her time at RJN!, she organized Black parents to fight against schools’ overly harsh discipline policies and practices that are ineffective, unfair, and detrimental.
Zakiya received the Emerging Leader Award from the Center for Community Change in 2017 and the Community Advocacy Award from Advocates for Basic Legal Equality and Legal Aid of Western Ohio in 2016. She also received the Drum Major for Justice Award from the Dayton, Ohio, Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 2015.