Winning Social Change with the Justice and Beyond Coalition

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Nakita Shavers
Justice and Beyond*

Nakita Shavers, one of the principal members of the coalition Justice and Beyond, organized and won a statewide grassroots campaign that challenged and defeated the white members of the Louisiana Supreme Court when they violated their own rules to choose a white Chief Justice over the legitimate successor who is African-American. 

Ms. Shavers will discuss the activities and structure of the Justice and Beyond Coalition that allows this group to be free-wheeling, effective and democratic in its actions.  

Protesters with Silence is Violence
Nakita was born and raised in the Lower 9th ward of New Orleans, La. She is also the founder and executive director of the Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund (DSEF), and Co-Founder of Silence Is Violence Anti Violence Organization.  

Protesters marching to New Orleans City Hall
after murders of Dinerral Shavers and Helen Hill in 2007
DSEF conducts a popular and thorough annual Scholarship Essay Contest, Back to School Extravaganza, along with College Tours, Operation Giveback Campaigns, Mentorship, and Music and Cultural Education Programs.

Nakita is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Political Science Pre-law, has a Master’s of Public Administration with a Specialization in Non-Profit Management & Leadership, and a recent graduate of Loyola University’s Institute of Politics.

*The Justice and Beyond Coalition meets every Monday at 4:45 p.m. at Christian Unity Baptist Church, 1700 Conti at N. Claiborne (parking underneath the building.)

First Unitarian Universalist Church
5212 South Claiborne Av. New Orleans 
(Enter via posted signs at Soniat and South Claiborne)

10am – Progressive, Social Justice Community Networking
with Coffee, Juice and Light Breakfast Pastries*

11am to Noon- Featured Presentation

*$3.00 suggested donation

For more information, contact us:

Held every second Saturday of each month, the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast 
has been a project of the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee 
since May 1983

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