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Reflections on the Fellowship

Reflections on the Fellowship

“The fellowship has allowed me to finally realize I am great at what I do!”

~ Celeste Sanchez Lloyd

Fellows are responding to the critical needs of communities, while stepping into the possibilities and leading transformational change toward an equitable society.

As part of a WKKF Community Leadership Network virtual gathering panel, fellows

Understanding Identities for Deeper Connections

Understanding identities for deeper connections

“I am from Lahore, Pakistan; Lucknow, India; and Jacksonville, Florida. I am from Awadhi cuisine of the Nawabs to bologna sandwiches and mint jelly.”

~ Sameen Piracha

For many of us, the opportunity to learn more deeply about the experiences of people who are

We Belong in Solidarity

We Belong in Solidarity

“When we are healers ourselves, as leaders, then we can spread that healing to more people as we try to build racial solidarity and racial equity in the United States and abroad.”

~ Kristyna Jones

WKKF Community Leadership

Leading Across Differences: Mississippi Flag

Leading Across Differences:
The Mississippi Flag

“Every individual deserves respect and dignity. Individually and collectively, people have the capacity, the power, the right and responsibility to effect social change.”

~ Medgar Wiley Evers

For 126 years, the intentional symbol of white supremacy known as the Confederate Battle flag loomed over the people of Mississippi, emblazoned prominently upon the state flag. Generations of activists have fought for its removal. Finally, in July 2020, a perfect storm of global outrage and community strength came together, resulting in the passing of historic legislation calling for the flag to be removed and a new design to be created.

WKKF Community Leadership Network fellows with the Mississippi cohort — Dr. Bryon D’Andra Orey, Patrick Weems, Zakiya Summers and Reena Evers-Everette — remember the work of those who came before and reflect on the strategies that led to this change finally happening.

Recognizing the flag’s traumatic impacts

“Changing the flag has been my life’s work,” shared Dr. Bryon

Reena's Leadership Journey

Fellow Spotlight: Reena Evers-Everette

“It’s extremely difficult when people expect you to step into the shoes of icons.” ~ Reena Evers-Everette

Reena Evers-Everette, daughter of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, has carried the legacy of the civil rights movement into her work, making

A Youthful Perspective on our Future

Young leaders inspire the WKKF Community Leadership Network fellows with their stories of activism and mobilization to advance racial justice

Indigenous Land Acknowledgements

Indigenous Land Acknowledgements

“I f you don’t know the Native history of where you are located, think about why that is. Native history is U.S. history. It’s the story of us. It is our collective story.” ~ Carly Bad Heart Bull

Carly Bad Heart Bull, a WKKF Community Leadership Network fellow and executive director of Native Ways Federation, shared reflections and practices for Indigenous land acknowledgements at the November virtual gathering of fellows. Carly is Bdewakantunwan Dakota and Muskogee Creek, and a proud citizen of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe in South Dakota.

What are Indigenous land acknowledgements?

First and foremost, it is not just the responsibility of Native people to give land acknowledgments. The non-Native inhabitants of this land should recognize and honor the Indigenous peoples and stories of this place we collectively call home. Indigenous land acknowledgements honor the land we are on, and show respect for the Native people

New Mexico Fellows Build Cross-Cultural Movement

New Mexico Fellows Build Cross-Cultural Movement

“The huge opportunity that we have in front of us is to truly ignite and sustain cross-cultural movements.”
—Anpao Duta Flying Earth

New Mexico fellows are connecting across cultures to lead transformational change for children, families

Leading with Racial Equity

Leading with Racial Equity

“I really can’t imagine a time when leadership would be more critical, in particular leadership with a racial equity lens.”
—La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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Ready For This Moment

Ready For This Moment

“In this moment in time, these ‘life quakes’ have affected the entire world. We can’t go back to ‘normal.’ We have to create different conditions for children to thrive, for families to work and for there to be equitable communities … What I’ve learned is that we have to lead with the lens of racial equity.”
—Paul Martinez, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

WKKF Community Leadership Network