Keynote and Activities

NIA is proud to have the amazing Ericka Huggins as our keynote speaker!

Ericka Huggins is an educator, former Black Panther Party member, political prisoner, human rights activist and poet.

For 35 years Ericka has lectured in the United States, and internationally on human rights, the rights of women and children, Restorative Justice practices and, the role of spiritual practice in sustaining activism and promoting social change.

Ericka was a professor of Sociology and African American Studies in 2014 and 2015 at Merritt College, the home of the Black Panther Party. There she co-created and taught a course titled, “The Black Panther Party-Strategies for Organizing The People”.

In 2016, in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party, Ericka regularly travels to speak on campuses and in community about the importance of an inclusive grassroots movement that honors the voices of youth, especially those of young women of color.

Please find out more about her at her website:

Other Activities and News

* Day Pass Sale

* Chef Yulanda of SimplyBliss Catering will be providing delicious snacks and beverages for the Comfort Zone!

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