Founder & CEO
Education and Youth Advocate. Specializes in Racial Equity and Inclusion, Identity Development, and Racial Healing Circles.
Spoken-word poet who advocates for social change, restorative justice and racial healing through the art of story-telling
Identity Development & Media Representation
Film Director, Community Liaison, Women's Rights Advocate
Creator of the feature documentary Black Girl In Suburbia
Youth Director and Program Facilitator
Keynote Speaker & Curriculum Writer
Chief Operating Officer
Praxis, Early Childhood Education.
MEET OUR FOUNDER FERNELL
"Excellence is nothing without the courage to execute it."
Founder - The Root of Us
My work as an educator spans 40 years and carries deep community trust among youth, families, educators and community members. I began as an education activist, youth advocate and community organizer as a result of my own experiences of classroom and curriculum erasure, anti-blackness and racial isolation; which began in elementary school, continued through secondary education, into college and still remain today. I rarely saw the positive representation of black identities I needed in order to see myself in the world, so after becoming an educator I returned to do just that. I came back to build in the place where I could disrupt the white narrative, while being a mirror for the Black, Brown, Indigenous and students of Color who were yearning for that representation as I did for so long.
“I had to create brave spaces where I could show up with my full Identity, without apology or explaining why I needed spaces that reflect the true history of Black people; by lifting up our brilliance, beauty and the resilience of black humanity which represents who I am, and who I want to be in the world.”