Jamila Lyiscott, assistant professor of social justice education at UMass Amherst, is one of six Black activists interviewed by “Cosmopolitan” for a video about what it’s like leading the fight for racial justice.
“When the ethical duty of doing what is right is not enough to move the hearts of those in power, social unrest becomes ‘the language of the unheard,’” she says.
Lyiscott is a social justice education scholar, nationally renowned speaker, spoken word artist, and a Senior Research Fellow of Teachers College, Columbia University’s Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME).
Across these spaces, her work focuses on racial justice, community engagement, and youth activism in education through the lens of what she has termed, “Vision-Driven Justice.” She has been invited to over 100 institutions throughout the nation where she works with youth, educators and people across disciplines to inspire vision and action.
Lyiscott is also the founder and co-director of the Cyphers For Justice (CFJ) youth, research and advocacy program, apprenticing NYC high school youth, incarcerated youth, and educators as critical social researchers through hip-hop, spoken word and digital literacy.
Watch the full video on the “Cosmopolitan” website.