Equity Alliance announces inaugural LiberTEA
Collective cohort participants

Pictured (l to r): Sade Fregene, Lauren Fitzgerald, Zachary Jenkins, Leshuan Oliver, Tiffany Jackson, Paul Richardson, Joseph Prieto, Christian Cohen, Samantha Jones, Adriana Norris, Dalona Jones, Kimberly Lannear, Shikarah Pinkney, Christiana Roberson, Brionna Crawford, Angel Adams, Kenya Payne, Nonie Bennah, Edwina Freeman, Tia Gray, Chelsea More, Candace-Omnira Lafayette, Dawn Stone, Gayle Geeter, Kelly Dunlap, Cornelia Gipson. *Kita Williams not pictured.

The Equity Alliance has announced its inaugural LiberTEA Collective cohort. The eight-week intensive program will cultivate a statewide talent pipeline of Black civic leaders and democracy defenders. Twenty-seven African Americans from counties across Tennessee, who come from diverse backgrounds, professions and lifestyles, have taken the crucial step of taking on leadership roles that strengthen democratic processes and build civic and economic power for Black Tennesseans.

LiberTEA Collective Inaugural Liberators are:

Angel Adams, Nashville

Samantha Jones, Nashville

Nonie Bennah, Nashville

Candace-Omnira LaFayette, Nashville

Christian Cohen, Nashville

Kimberly Lannear, Nashville

Brionna Crawford, Nashville

Chelsea Moore, Hermitage

Kelly Dunlap, Memphis

Adriana Norris, Nashville

Lauren Fitzgerald, Smyrna

Leshaun Oliver, Nashville

Edwina Freeman, Goodletsville

Kenya Payne, Nashville

Sade Fregene, Clarksville

Shikarah Pinkney, Goodletsville

Gayle Geeter, Madison

Joseph Prieto, Nashville

Cornelia Gipson, Spring Hill

Paul Richardson, Nashville

Latia Gray, Springfield

Christiana Roberson, Nashville

Tiffany Jackson, Antioch

Dawn Stone, Clarksville

Zachary Jenkins, Nashville

Kita Williams, Brentwood

Dalona Jones, Antioch

Recognized as rising Liberators, participants will complete a robust curriculum taught by expert facilitators, practitioners and community leaders. The material is rooted in Black liberation and freedom and uses a popular education model. Sessions will explore the basics of civics and Black citizenship, serving in elected office and on boards and commissions, movement building and disruption, government advocacy and lobbying, working on political campaigns, and communal healing.

“The LiberTEA Collective is a strategic opportunity for novice and knowledgeable participants to engage in a safe space that guides their understanding of the history and systems that impact Black lives,” said Charlane Oliver, co-founder/co-executive director of The Equity Alliance. “We refuse to wait on the sidelines as appointed and elected officials, and corporate power players make harmful decisions and deals without regard for marginalized communities across the state. We’re training Liberators to channel their energy and efforts in direct, strategic ways that will restore power and influence to the people.”

Applications for the LiberTEA Collective fall cohort will open Monday, August 2. To apply and learn more, visit <theequityalliance.org/collective>. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

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