Speakers

We have confirmed some inspirational women to speak on topics in politics, business, activism, spirituality and health + wellness. Speakers will be at two stages along the march, one halfway through the march and the other at the end at Luther Ely Smith Plaza.

Full List of Speakers:

  • Maleeha Ahmad
    • Maleeha Ahmad is a fine art photographer and a public health professional. She is a Pakistani American Muslim and is a daughter of immigrant parents who emphasized education and humanitarian work. Over the past decade, Ms. Ahmad has worked with and advocated for diverse populations with a focus on empowering communities and individuals. Her photography website is www.maleehasamer.com.
  • Rev. Karen Anderson
  • Tasha “UnspoKen” Archie
    • Born Tasha Archie, UnspoKen has always had a knack for all things creative. Raised in Ferguson, she has been writing since age 12 and performing since she was 15. UnspoKen has participated and won several local slams, as well as being featured at several poetry shows. As a member of The Therapeutics, UnspoKen hosts a weekly open mic called Lyrical Therapy. Gearing up for her second year as a member of ILL Dialects, the St. Louis Slam Team, UnspoKen is preparing to defend her title of “Giver of Verbal Hands,” as well as working on a book of poetry.
  • Kimberly Beck
  • Rebeccah Bennett
    • Rebeccah Bennett is Founder and Principal of Emerging Wisdom
      LLC and its subsidiary, InPower Institute. Through Emerging Wisdom and InPower Institute, Rebeccah has helped tens of thousands of people and countless organizations effect positive change in the areas of organizational and community leadership, economic development, educational equity, public health and safety, environmental sustainability, diversity and inclusion and personal growth and empowerment. Though her areas of interest and expertise are wide-ranging, her work is singularly focused on elevating the human condition.
  • Dr. Andrea Boyles
    • Dr. Andrea S. Boyles, a native of St. Louis, MO, earned a B.A. in English and M.A. in Sociology from Lincoln University of Missouri.  Later, she received her PhD in Sociology from Kansas State University with concentrations in Gender and Criminology.  Her research interests are social inequality; gender; the intersection of race, class, and gender; criminology; incarceration; race, place, and policing, ethnography; neighborhood disorder and crime prevention.  She has taught a broad series of courses in Anthropology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice ranging from Culture and Communication, Social Problems, Sociocultural Theory, and the Sociology of Poverty and Conflict to Policing, Victimology, Race, Ethnicity, and Gender and Public Policy in Criminal Justice.
  • Joy Bryant
  • Cori Bush
  • Elaine Cao
  • Marshata Caradine
  • Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal
    • Minority Caucus Whip. Born in University City, Missouri. Graduate of Georgia State University with a B.A. dual degree in Political Science and Sociology. Previously worked as Director of Communications, Director of Boards and Commissions and Missouri’s Senior Advocate for former Lt. Gov. Joe Maxwell. Member: Democratic Minority Caucus; Women in the Neighborhood; National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women; National Hispanic Council of State Legislators; National Foundation of Women Legislators; Young Elected Officials; Democratic National Committee 2005–2009.
  • Lisa Clancy
    • “I care a lot about making the St. Louis region a better place for all, and feel lucky to get to do that through several roles: as a manager at Social Innovation St. Louis where our mission is to forge bold and innovative programs, organizations, and collective efforts for a more inclusive, healthy, and just St. Louis region; as Secretary of the NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri Board of Directors; and as President of the Hadley Township Democratic Club. My most important role though, is as a Mom to my one-year old son, James. @lisadclancy”
  • Lauren Donovan
  • Shell Eik
  • Dana Franks
  • Cheeraz Gorman
  • Cheyenne Green
  • Megan Ellyia Green
  • Pastor Renita Green
  • Maggie Hannick
  • Jade Harell
  • Tamia Hawkins
  • Laura Horwitz
    • Laura Horwitz is the co-founder and Executive Director of We Stories, a rapidly growing nonprofit that seeks to engage white families in racial justice efforts.  Laura has 15 years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating social justice programs.  Laura received her B.A. from Tufts University and her M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.
  • Amy Hunter
  • Lourdes Ashley Hunter
  • Treasurer Tishaura Jones
  • Dasha Kennedy
  • Deb Krause
  • Adelaide Lancaster
  • Sen. Jamilah Nasheed
  • Dr. Laura Perkins
    • Dr. Laura Perkins, former chair of the Speech Communication Department at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been a keynote speaker and consultant in the areas of gender communication, environmental communication and public relations.  In the private sector, she worked at one of the top five public relations’ agencies in the country; her clients included Anheuser-Busch, Ralston Purina and Monsanto.  In academic life, her primary research area for two decades documented the environmental advocacy work of women and people of color.  She was the first woman president of the Public Relations Division of the Speech Communication Association, and helped develop national standards for the sequence of study for public relations programs in higher education institutions.  She was co-chair of the Gender Equity Project, Commission on the Status of Women, for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.  She developed the first course in Gender Communication at SIUE, and was a member of the Women’s Studies faculty.  She is currently crafting a novel, Madrina(Godmother) as a counterpoint to the popular men’s saga. Laura is thrilled to have the opportunity to fire up the women at the STL Truth March.
  • Dr. Alice Prince
  • Jamala Rogers
  • Rebecca Rogers
    • Rebecca Rogers is a Professor of Literacy Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has written numerous books and articles focused on social justice education, teacher learning, and critical discourse studies. She refers to her research as “engaged scholarship” because she works alongside teachers, students, and parents to inquire into racial justice and educational equity. She is Past-President of several organizations including the Literacy Research Association and the elected school board of St. Louis Public Schools. She and her daughter are part of an intergenerational group focused on Womyn and Peace that was inspired by the work of Julia Ward Howe.  She is one of the founding members of a grassroots group for teachers called Educators for Social Justice (http://www.educatorsforsocialjustice.org/) whose mission is to connect educators, across the lifespan, to plan for educational equity.

  • Juliet Salih
    • Juliet Salih, 30, is from St. Louis, Mo.  She attended the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Schools in St. Louis and received classical training in voice and piano. She has performed on stages all over St. Louis, including at the Fox Theater and Powell Symphony Hall.  She earned an undergraduate degree in Spanish, and later a Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language, from Webster University. Her dream is to teach English
      and Spanish in classrooms all over the world. She hopes to eventually
      use her education and activism experience with the community of people with
      disabilities to advocate for international disability rights on the world stage. She is currently the Executive Director of the Coalition for Truth in Independence (CTI).
  • Jessie Sandoval
  • Claire Shackelford
    • Claire Shackleford is a current senior at St. Joseph’s Academy where she serves as the president of Diversity Club and Active Citizenship. Claire has been involved in Missouri’s Youth and Government program where she served as the Youth Secretary of State at last year’s convention. Claire is a recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Model of Justice Award due to her commitment and passion for social justice. She has participated in many social justice movements throughout the St. Louis community, and she even held a silent sit-in at her school in order to sit in solidarity with victims of racial injustice.
  • Leslie Scheuler
    • Leslie Scheuler, PhD, is a local writer, educator, and social justice advocate.  Through her work with LS Associates, a consulting collaborative working with nonprofits and funders dedicated to women’s health and empowerment, racial equity, immigrants’ rights, and arts education, Leslie has worked in St. Louis for nearly 30 years to help strengthen the social impact sector through research and capacity building. Currently, Leslie partners with organizations like Generate Health, NCCJ St. Louis, the Infant Mortality Reduction Initiatives in St. Louis and the Missouri Bootheel, Ready Readers, the STL Youth Jobs Program, and others. As a former arts educator and social worker serving people newly released from prison, Leslie teaches a class in creative writing at the St. Louis Community Release Center through Criminal Justice Ministries. She has presented her work through the St. Louis Poetry Center, Disquiet International, the Regional Arts Commission, and the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education. She also serves as the Poetry Editor for the literary magazine Jelly Bucket. A native of Central Missouri, Leslie lives with her son, Nicholas, in Brentwood.
  • Sen. Jill Schupp
    • Jill Schupp is a graduate of Parkway North High School and the University of Missouri in Columbia. She took graduate course work and earned a teaching certificate from the University of Missouri at St. Louis. She briefly taught, then spent her career as a small business executive. While volunteering at her sons’ school, Jill became motivated to run for the Ladue School Board, where she served two terms beginning in 2000. She was elected to the Creve Coeur City Council in 2007. For six years from 2009 to 2015, Jill served as State Representative in Missouri’s 82nd, then 88th District. In Jefferson City, she stood up to big special interests, sponsored ethics reform to end unlimited campaign contributions and fought efforts to shift the tax burden onto the middle class. She has served in the Missouri Senate since January of 2015.
       
  • Alex Stallings
    • Alex Stallings has explored avenues for advocacy, education and community engagement throughout her career.  She moved from the secondary classroom to the Missouri History Museum where she cultivated underrepresented audiences, collaborating with individuals and organizations to provide relevant programming around critical issues. Afterwards, she served the region in the area of child advocacy and, currently, through community engagement from cradle to classroom. Her work is founded on the belief that seats at the planning table predict engagement outcomes. Alex retains a passion for the education of young people and teaches at the St. Louis Community College as her schedule permits. Alex is a proud graduate of St. Louis Public Schools. Upon graduation, she completed a Bachelor of Arts in English and Bachelor of Science in Education through the UM-St. Louis Pierre Laclede Honors College. Later, she studied media literacy, ultimately writing a thesis on utilizing documentaries as teaching tools in community education.  She earned a Master of Arts in Communication from Webster University. Her personal interests revolve around the arts, particularly writing and films. Although she has a large and loving family today, Alex spent time as a young child in foster care. These and other challenging early experiences inform her advocacy today.  She lives in St. Louis City with her husband and two young sons along with their cat, T’Challa. She was named as one of Delux Magazine’s Power 100 and one of St. Louis’ 50 Most Intriguing Women.

  • Sandra Tamari
    • Sandra Tamari is a Palestinian human rights defender. She is a co-founder of the St Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee, Chair of the Steering Committee of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, and Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Adalah Justice Project. In 2012, Sandra was denied entry into Palestine by Israel because of her human rights advocacy. In exile, Sandra works to connect the issues of Palestinians to marginalized people in the United States. She believes that the liberation of Black and Brown people is paramount and works to unite struggles to build power.
  • Heaven Uhuru
  • Sarah Unsicker
  • Dr. April Warren-Grice
  • Ebony Williams
  • Cate Williamson

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