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Wisdom Team

Amber Majors

Ladipo, PhD

Analytical Sage

Amber plans and manages our research projects. She trains and works side by side with our parents as they create criteria, tools, and knew knowledge about what it means to create culturally affirming learning environments for Black learners.


Aya Shabu

Guardian of Flow

Aya leads our work to celebrate our cultural strengths and beauty. Her work focuses on preparing Black parents to shape programming, art, and events to create Black Genius classrooms in non-traditional education spaces. She designs amazing activities to shift minds and senses when a change in approach is necessary. Oh, and she's a professional performing artist.


Dawn X

Henderson, PhD

Research Guru

Dr. X leads Village of Wisdom's community-directed research putting Black parents at the center of creating knowledge. She's brilliant with words and graphic design. She's always pushing us to be deliberate in using liberatory words because words create worlds.

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 Taylor Webber-Fields

Village Conjuress

Taylor leads VOW's efforts to care for Black Parents. She dreams up activities and conversations to bring families together and deepen the collective knowledge of the Village. She manages conversation like few others can and always does it with joy and passion. 


William P.


Chief Dreamer

William works hard listening and creating spaces for others to dream. Will leads VOW's efforts to attract funding and partnerships to advance our mission.  He believes the path to liberation is the dreams that Black parents have for their children.


Anthony Jones, PhD

Receipt Keeper

Anthony makes sure our books and monies are tight!. He makes sure folks get paid and he does that with style. Always the life of the party we're grateful he's good with numbers and people! :)


Lashika Hester

Process Master

Lashika makes the operations magic happen at VOW. She makes sure all our stuff, tech, data, and info has a place. She gets excited about making sure everybody on the team has all that they need to fully leverage their genius. Lashika is a proud North Carolinian, dog mom, and former educator. 

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Nadiah Porter

Parent Amplifier

Nadiah builds community with VOW parents new & old. She keeps the conversation going with parents on line, in the comments section and in person. Nadiah a parent of two is passionate about parent advocacy and connection.  She's got her eyes and ears wide open looking for the next group of parents who want to become apart of the village!


Beth Leigh

Village Miner

Beth leads the VOW's fundraising  and stewardship efforts. She enthusiastically develops and strengthens partnerships with VOW’s Team Members, Board members, and Donors. Personally, Beth is passionate about healing and advocacy; engaging via the arts. When she isn’t painting, she is gardening with her dog.  She looks forward to pollinating, pruning and blooming with VOW!


Arssante Malone

De Alkhemist

As an educator, instructional coach, and school leader with international experience, Arssante Malone successfully utilized culturally relevant pedagogy, critical frameworks, and socio-emotional competencies that created the ideal learning environments for students to thrive in; especially Black students. As the Associate Director of Instructional Liberation Arssante leverages that experience to lead VOW’s educational advocacy and school transformation work by equipping parents, educators, and school district leaders with the necessary tools and frameworks grounded in liberatory methods to manifest culturally affirming learning environment that drive socio-emotional and academic outcomes for all learners.

Arssante will be leading our efforts to support schools in creating more culturally affirming learning environments for Black learners!

Arssante will be leading our efforts to support schools in creating more culturally affirming learning environments for Black learners!


Roxann Dixon

Village Gardener

Roxann helps educators and parents navigate the academic journey from a child's perspective.  As a advocate, she provides support and guidance for every child to reach their goals.


Leslie Gartrell

Culture Cultivator

Leslie builds and cultivates the work environment at VOW, ensuring that the culture, structures, and policies align with our values. As a leader of internal culture, she is energized by the possibilities that come with curating a liberatory space for the work to take place.


Aeran Baskin

Village Storyteller

A lover of language and strategy, Aeran leads communications and storytelling at Village of Wisdom. Drawing on her experience as a lawyer, fundraiser, and poet, Aeran helps Village of Wisdom to use stories as the lyrics for a new world brimming with Black parent love and wisdom. When she isn’t in a Google Doc, Aeran wanders the world to discover new outdoor markets, lifts heavy things, and draws mythical portraits.

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Omari Akil

Mechanization Maven

Omari manages VOWs digital tool design and development processes. He works to ensure the technological resources provided to black families offer more opportunities than obstacles. Omari is equipped with a breadth of user experience knowledge and a multidisciplinary creative spirit, which he utilizes to discover more effective software solutions.

Board of Directors

 Board of Directors 


Brittany Bennett


Gerald Harris

Gerald Harris


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Randi Towns


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Leah Adeniji 



Rashida James


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Cornell Watson


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Malika Graham-Bailey



600 E. Umstead St.

Durham, NC 27701


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