A. Adar Ayira

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A. Adar Ayira is director of programs at Associated Black Charities, the region’s only African-American philanthropic organization providing coordinated leadership on issues impacting Maryland’s communities of color. Adar is also a founding member and Advisory Board Member of Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a nonprofit organization committed to social and economic transformation and equity. The opinions and views shared here are her own, and do not represent those of Associated Black Charities or Baltimore Racial Justice Action.
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#ThisIsNotUs. Except, It Is.

We are constantly faced with the decision of whether to #TakeAKnee in our work, and whether we meet this challenge or not either reinforces our racialized landscape or disrupts it. What is clear is that we cannot sit on the sidelines with a universalist perspective, claiming to do good work.

Arts & Culture

Arts in Public Schools: Essential. Life Saving.

This is dedicated to that Little Girl who experienced the first part of life in such a hard way who used to retreat to her world of books and daydreams […]

America’s Vote

“The greatest problem is not with flat-out white racists, but rather with the far larger number of Americans who believe intellectually in racial equity but are quietly oblivious to injustice […]

A Presidential Agenda Requires a Racial Equity Lens

This post is part of a Shelterforce series called Letters to the Next President. Dear Hillary: I am a person from two groups—the independent, undecided voter, as well as an […]