Everything Co-op

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Jamila White, Racial and Social Justice Advocate

As Everything Co-op continues its recognition of Black History Month, with a focus on the 2022 theme of Black Health and Wealth, Vernon interviews Jamila White, racial and social justice advocate, and proprietor of BlakQuity.

Jamila White is a racial equity/justice advocate and global community development expert; who works with organizations, businesses, and individuals. She was raised in Virginia and Southeast Washington D.C., and comes from a long line of powerful trailblazing women who instilled in her a deeply-rooted commitment to community service and social justice. In 1961, Jamila’s Late Aunt Lula, then 22 years old, joined 300+ Freedom Riders who risked their lives riding public transportation throughout the South to test the law integrating transportation facilities- she was arrested and sent to Mississippi’s notorious Parchman Prison. Jamila’s life’s work has been built upon those same values held by her aunt, often learned around her Grandmother’s kitchen table, to empower Black people at home and abroad.

After working in Africa and the Caribbean for over a decade, Jamila returned to the US to start her own business. Her firm, blakQuity, tackles wealth and equity gaps in Black and Brown communities by bringing funding, investment, partnership, and developmental resources together in sustainable ways. During her first overseas experience in Senegal, Jamila witnessed absolute poverty, and absolute beauty. As a consequence, at the age of 19 she decided to dedicate her life to poverty alleviation, women’s empowerment, liberation, equity, and economic mobility.

Jamila is a trusted advisor serving the community in various leadership positions and programs, including: representing Ward 8A as a locally elected member of Washington D.C.’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission; serving as the co-founder of the Geraldine N. Coleman “a Seat at the Kitchen Table” College Scholarship Fund.

Jamila holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Hampton University, and a Master’s in Public Administration, with a concentration in Economic Development and International Affairs from Indiana University. From her work to her community commitments, Jamila’s life is guided by an underlying belief that all people deserve a dignified life, and she has dedicated her life to achieving that goal. 

Our host, Vernon Oakes, is a consummate advocate for cooperatives. He is a Past President of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives, and he’s served on several boards and committees to advance the interests of cooperatives. Recently, he served on the Limited Equity Cooperative Task Force, established by Anita Bonds, At-Large Member of the Council of the District of Columbia. Vernon is an MBA graduate of Stanford University, who has used his business acumen to benefit the community, by promoting the added value of the cooperative business model. 

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