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Nkechi Taifa        

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

Nkechi Taifa is president and CEO of The Taifa Group LLC, convenes the Justice Roundtable coalition and serves as Senior Fellow for the Center for Justice at Columbia University. Over the course of her career, she has worked for the Open Society Foundations, ACLU, Women’s Legal Defense Fund, Howard University School of Law, National Prison Project, and Washington Office on Africa. She has taught popular seminars on Law, Race and Justice and has litigated high-profile civil and criminal cases as a private practitioner in DC and federal court. A passionate and visionary professional, Nkechi enjoys decades of experience as an accomplished justice system reform strategist and advocate. She excels at advancing creative, cutting-edge approaches that encourage out-of-the-box thinking and action.

The wealth of her experiences has allowed her to pursue justice from different vantage points –as a litigator, lobbyist, scholar, advocate, policy analyst, community organizer, convener, and grant-maker. She received her BA from Howard University, and Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School.

Taifa is the author of a best-seller memoir, "Black Power Black Lawyer: My Audacious Quest for Justice," as well as three best-seller books for young people: "Shining Legacy: Storypoems for the Young, So Black Heroes and Heroines Forever Will Be Sung;" "The Adventures of Kojo and Ama;" and "Three Tales for Wisdom." She also co-authored "Reparations Yes," with Attorney Chokwe Lumumba and Dr. Imari Obadele. Her newest book, "Reparations on Fire: How and Why It’s Spreading Across America," was published in December 2022.

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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