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Click here to read the full article, “Human Rights Advocate Travels the Globe in Pursuit of Change,” Alumnae Success Profile. Spelman College. February 14, 2015




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Shani’s in the Arts Section of the New York Times!


A photograph Shani captured during her time in Ferguson, which is currently featured in the Respond exhibit at the Smack Mellon Gallery, is mentioned in today’s New York Times as emblematic of the take-away message of the show! They describe it as “a knockout group show” that “has produced a soundtrack of shouts, cries, chants and whispers to set against the wall of insulating white noise that enwraps the art world at large.” Click here to read the article in the NYT!




About The Exhibit: “After learning of the grand jury’s decision to not indict Daniel Pantaleo, Smack Mellon postponed a planned exhibition in order to respond to the continued failure of the United States to protect its black citizens from police discrimination and violence. In order to channel our outrage into actions that can facilitate systemic change, [the] gallery space will be used to present events, performances and artworks that affirm that black lives matter, express frustration and anger with the institutional racism that enables law enforcement to kill black members of the community with impunity, and imagine creative solutions and visionary alternatives to a broken justice system.”


92 Plymouth Street @ Washington
Brooklyn, NY 11201
January 17- February 22, 2015
Gallery hours: Wed-Sun, 12-6pm


Sincere thanks to Smack Mellon’s current Studio Artists Esteban del Valle, Molly Dilworth, Oasa DuVerney, Ira Eduardovna, Steffani Jemison, and Dread Scott, and the Smack Mellon staff, who were the lead organizers of RESPOND. Hope you’re able to check it out!


Human Rights Training Opportunity
10th Annual Human Rights Institute



The Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center is pleased to announce that applications for our 10th annual Human Rights Institute (HRI) are currently available. The institute promotes good governance and social change by training a select group of participants from around the country to strengthen their local advocacy efforts by using a human rights frame. Alumni become part of a nationwide community of advocates and have access to ongoing education, technical support, and dialogue. This year’s HRI, co-sponsored by the U.S. Human Rights Network, will be held from May 7-9, 2015 in New York City.


To obtain a copy of the application, please click here.


Applications with scholarship requests must be sent by February 23, 2015. The deadline for applications without a scholarship request is February 27, 2015.

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Spelman College, September 2012: With the advent of this new school year, the Laura Spelman dorm reopened after having been renovated to house the college’s recently created Social Justice Fellows program. One of the highlights of the newly repurposed living and learning center is a visual timeline that was created to trace the history of Black women’s advocacy from 1881, when Spelman was founded, to the present day. Artist Therese McKee Huffman put together an absolutely beautiful montage of women who have made “A Choice to Change the World.” The faces on the wall include Fannie Lou Hamer, Michelle Obama, Ida B. Wells, Rosa Parks, Anna Julia Cooper, Audre Lorde, Maya Angelou, Angela Davis, Toni Cade Bambara, Johnetta B. Cole, Alice Walker and the list goes on.

Seeing this mural in person was one of those moments that absolutely took my breath away!!!! I am awed, humbled and deeply honored to be included amongst so many of my sheroes in this permanent installation at my beloved alma mater. It makes me really proud to know that generations of Spelman women will be as inspired as I was by this demonstration of our institutional commitment to social justice. Click here to read an article about it.

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