Oprah Magazine Names Solidaire Board Member and Movement Partners Among “25 Civil Rights Leaders of Past and Present”
Our very own board member Latifah Simon—in addition to several of our movement partners—are listed alongside icons such as Ella Baker, John Lewis, and Marsha P. Johnson in Oprah Magazine’s list of Black American civil rights leaders. The list celebrates the “many that came before [Martin Luther King Jr.], stood beside him, or came after in his memory, that made it their priority to fight for the freedom of all Black Americans.”
Lateefah Simon (1977-)
Based in Oakland and the Bay Area, Simon has earned national recognition as a civil rights advocate since becoming the youngest person ever to receive the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award in 2003. After the tragic police killing of Oscar Grant, Simon was elected to the Bay Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors and is now president. In this position, she influences policy through the lens of racial justice. Simon was also executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, and led San Francisco’s reentry anti-recidivism youth services division under Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’s time as District Attorney.
“25 Civil Rights Leaders of Past and Present” by McKenzie Jean-Philippe, Oprah Magazine / January 15, 2021
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