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Nkechi Taifa        

Civil & Human Rights Attorney, Best-Selling Author, Scholar Activist

Nkechi Taifa is a civil and human rights attorney, scholar-activist, and author. She is president of The Taifa Group LLC, director of the Reparation Education Project, Inc., and serves as Senior Fellow for the Center of Justice at Columbia University. A visionary thought leader and nationally recognized expert and speaker on race and justice issues, Taifa has worked for the Open Society Foundations, Howard University School of Law, the ACLU, Women's Legal Defense Fund, National Prison Project and as an attorney in private practice. She was in the leadership of the Justice Roundtable Coalition which successfully mobilized the passage of both the Second Chance Reentry legislation (2008) and the Fair Sentencing Act crack disparity legislation (2010), and helped gain inclusion of strong sentencing provisions in the First Step Act (2018). She helped fuel mobilization of the Obama Administration's clemency initiative, which resulted in the early release from unjust imprisonment of over 1,700 people.

Taifa has served as an appointed Commissioner and Chair of the DC Commission on Human Rights. She is founding member of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America, and an inaugural Commissioner on the National African American Reparations Commission. A native Washingtonian, Taifa is the author of the bestselling memoir, "Black Power, Black Lawyer: My Audacious Quest for Justice," as well as several books for children. She has an upcoming book, "Reparations on Fire: How and Why It's Spreading Across America." Taifa has testified before the United States Congress, the DC City Council, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the U.S. Helsinki Commission, the Maryland Legislature, and the California Reparations Task Force.

She is the author of scores of scholarly works, including law review articles, book chapters and white papers. She has been featured in People's Magazine, as well as in major print and electronic media, and has received numerous honors and awards for her social justice work, including Essence Magazine's WOKE 100 Black Women Advocating for Change.

Speech Topics

Reparations: An Issue Whose Time Has Come

This powerful presentation is based off of Taifa's riveting TEDx talk of the same title. Reparations for Black people, once fringe, has now captured the imagination of faith, academic and civic groups, as well as corporations, cities, states, and the federal government. Taifa's presentation shows that reparations is fundamental to a long overdue national reckoning of race in America. This keynote presentation is essential for university lectures, boardroom discussions, and government and corporate employee educational events.

Identity, Purpose & Direction: Spread Forth Your Wings and Fly

This inspirational and entertaining presentation uses the popular parable of the baby eagle and the chickens to deliver the critical message that whatever the odds, one must have pride in oneself, coupled with perseverance, faith and trust, in order to soar to greatness. This keynote is particularly excellent for graduations as well as inspirations in the workplace.

Calling all Heroes & Heroines: Using Principles of Prosperity from the Past

In this rousing motivational presentation Taifa uses rhythmic verses from her writings that highlight leaders from the past who overcame great odds by seeing opportunities where others saw only obstacles. The keynote illuminates the principles of self-development, courage, persistence, passion, faith and action as keys to overcoming the limiting mentality of "I Can't; to the empowering mentality of "How Can I." This invigorating presentation is invaluable for conventions, universities or colleges, as well as corporate employee motivations.


Racial justice coalition demands that Biden order study of reparations
May 5, 2022 ... Nkechi Taifa, director of the Reparation Education Project, which signed Wednesday's letter, said the federal government is lagging behind state and local ...

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