Zakiya Sankara-Jabar


  • Politics
  • Public opinion and advocacy
  • State of education
  • African American students
  • Urban education
  • Race and diversity
  • Community involvement
  • Parent involvement
  • Social networks
  • Juvenile justice

Zakiya Sankara-Jabar is the co-founder of Racial Justice NOW!, an organization that exists to transform communities through organizing, advocacy and systemic policy change. Sankara-Jabar came to organizing, advocacy, and policy work organically as a parent shining a light on harmful school discipline policies that disproportionately impact Black students and their families in Ohio and now has worked in communities of all sizes across the country sharing tools, strategies and her story for working class parents. Currently a national field director at the Dignity In Schools Campaign, Zakiya was named to the inaugural #Power50 Leadership Fellowship for women of color with Community Change, formerly The Center for Community Change. She has received many national recognitions and her work was recently featured in the HBO series, Wyatt Cenac Problem Areas.