Member-at-Large Bio

M. Billye Sankofa Waters I am a writing artist from Chicago. I’ve been teaching faculty in Schools of Education since 2012 and am currently an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Washington Tacoma; I teach teachers, administrators, non-profit organizers, student organizers, career changers and the all the greys between. My praxis is rooted in my lived experiences as a Hip Hop generation Blackgirl. I apply Black Feminism, critical race theory, and abolitionist teaching toward ethnographic work with intergenerational Blackgirls to engender identity agency as tools for familial affirmation, decolonization, and self-care. I most recently co-edited Celebrating Twenty Years of Black Girlhood: The Lauryn Hill Reader (with Bettina L. Love & Venus Evans-Winters, 2019) and am the author of We Can Speak for Ourselves: Parent Involvement and Ideologies of Black Mothers in Chicago (2016). I am the Founding Executive Director of Blackgirl Gold Unapologetic, Inc. FMI:

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