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Taking Action and Resources

  • Read Boniface Mwangi’s book UnBounded.
  • Read about and get resources for community organizing here.
  • Read about and get involved with Njeri Mwangi’s organization, Pawa254, a Kenya nonprofit that uses art and cultural collaboration as catalysts for social change.
  • Read about how the impacts of colonialism and colonization are present today.
  • If you are a community organizer and/or activist, work with your support system to find a healthy work life balance that centers self-care.

About the authors

Maureen Nicol

Maureen Nicol is a Doctoral student at Columbia University studying Early Childhood Education and the Founder and Director of Camp Story – a pop-up arts camp based on the continent of Africa. Her background is in teaching and education. Maureen is committed to working with young children and educators to ensure every child and teacher knows their value, worth and power. Maureen's research and work interests have always always situated children of color but specifically young Black girls. Her ultimate goal is to make schools safer places for young Black girls with the idea of safety being articulated based on the terms and articulations of Black girls. Maureen is also researching and building curriculum for young girls (specifically young girls of color) on how they can be seen themselves as feminists using arts integration. In her free time, Maureen enjoys going on long walks with her dog, baking and maxing out her library card with good reads.