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Zakiya Sankara-Jabar

National Field Organizer
Dignity in Schools Campaign

Zakiya Sankara-Jabar is the national field organizer for the Dignity in Schools Campaign and Co-Founder of Racial Justice NOW! Ohio. The Dignity in Schools Campaign is a national coalition of leaders who parent's, students, grassroots organizers, advocates, teacher's, and lawyer's from 29 states and Washington District of Columbia. We organize to end the school to prison pipeline for Black students and other students of color in the United States. Zakiya came to this work as a parent organizer pushing back on punitive and harsh punishment in schools when her 3-year-old was expelled from preschool. Through this organizing, Zakiya and other Black women in Racial Justice NOW successfully pushed the Dayton (Ohio) Public Schools to end suspensions and expulsions in Pre-K. Zakiya's work and advocacy also laid the ground work for equity in Dayton's universal preschool initiative. Zakiya is a proven leader in successfully organizing Black parents to push back on schools that harm our children.