Atlanta Free Speech would like to highlight community activist and educator Safiya Ellis Bandele. Safiya recently retired from Medgar Evers College in New York, where she served as Director of the Center for Women’s Development. Organized in 1982 as a campus-based counseling and programming unit for underserved women and families, the Center for Women’s Development assisted women in the successful pursuit of their academic degrees by providing specialized counseling and advocacy. While at Medgar Evers College, Safiya also taught English and Women’s Studies courses as well as Special Women’s Research projects in selected Brooklyn High Schools.
Safiya has lectured widely on issues affecting women, especially women of color, and has served as keynote speaker and panelist at scores of workshops and conferences on an international level including, Decatur-Clearpool Women’s Retreat, Association of Black Women Psychologists, National Conference of Black Lawyers, NYC Human Resources Administration, International Afrikan Arts Festival, and the New York State Peri-Natal Network, as well as countless local schools, churches, shelters, prisons and community organizations.
Safiya’s significant contributions have lead to many awards including, the Malcolm X Award from The EAST Organization, Outstanding Women’s Leadership Award from State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Outstanding Community Service Award from Black Veterans for Social Justice, Oni Award from the International Black Women’s Congress, Outstanding Community Service Award from the National Association of Minority Political Women, the Ellen Lurie Award from the Community Service Society, the STARS Award from the Sojourner Truth Adolescent Rites Society, and the Shirley Chisholm Leadership Award from the Borough of Brooklyn.
In 2011, Safiya developed a one-woman performance on the late, great Ida B. Wells. Using Wells’ statement “I am an anomaly to myself and others,” Safiya presents the life of this fierce, uncompromising woman through an hour multi-media event. Using narration, dance and physical expression, song and images, Safiya presents the significance of this “Warrior for Justice”.
Atlanta Free Speech salutes Professor Safiya Bandele.
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