About the #BEENBOSS Series: In honor of Black History Month, Walker’s Legacy is proud to launch its #BEENBOSS video and profile series designed to an in-depth look into the contributions of Black women in fields of education, politics, health, and business. Each featured profile draws a present-day connection to historical trailblazers such as Mary Jane McLeod Bethune, Shirley Chisholm, Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner, Dr. Joyce Ladner, and Madam C.J. Walker and explores strategies for success for aspiring and established women.
I have been marching my whole life. I have been protesting my whole life.. and I am committed to seeking justice for our children and our community.
Meet Brittany Packnett, Vice President of National Community Alliances, Teach For America & Co-Founder, Campaign Zero
At Teach for America, Brittany leads a team to establish partnerships with communities and children of color. Brittany discusses the legacy of women such as politician Shirley Chisholm and activist Dr. Joyce Ladner and how they helped shape the socio-political landscape for underrepresented communities.
Learn more about activist, sociologist and civil rights leader, Dr. Joyce Ladner in the biography below.
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Brittany Packnett, Vice President, National Community Alliances, Teach For America & Co-Founder of Campaign Zero
Brittany N. Packnett is an unapologetic educator, activist, writer, and national leader in social justice. Known as @MsPackyetti on social media, Brittany is Vice President of National Community Alliances for Teach For America, where she leads a team engaging in partnerships with communities and children of color. Brittany is Co-Founder of Campaign Zero, a comprehensive policy platform to end police violence, and the author of the popular blog series, Falling in Love, challenging diverse women to move boldly in their power. Recently she founded Love + Power, a platform to inspire and outfit people for justice. An active protestor, Brittany was a member of the Ferguson Commission and President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. She continues to advocate for urgent systemic change in protest, policy, and the media. Brittany is an alum of Washington University in St. Louis, American University in Washington, and is a current Aspen Institute Education fellow. She is a proud board member of Rise To Run, an organization committed to recruiting grassroots, diverse, progressive women to run for office, and Erase The Hate, NBC Universal’s Emmy winning initiative to rid the world of discrimination.
Dr. Joyce Ladner
Dr. Ladner, one of the nation’s preeminent thought-leaders, is a sociologist, author, and scholar-activist and was a Field Secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during 1960’s. Her career has been shaped through her first-hand involvement with the civil rights movement in Mississippi and as a staff member who played an integral role, working alongside Bayard Rustin and other civil rights leaders, in organizing the March on Washington in 1963. In 1963, Dr. Ladner was jailed for attempting to integrate the all-white Galloway Methodist Church in Jackson, Mississippi. She is a native of Mississippi and began her fight for social justice as a teenager when she helped organize an NAACP Youth Chapter in her hometown of Battles, Mississippi. She attended, but was expelled from, Jackson State College in Mississippi for organizing a civil rights protest. Dr. Ladner later went on to earned her Bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1964 and went on to Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, to earn a Ph.D. in 1968. Joyce Ladner is completing her memoir titled Standing in the Gap: A Memoir of Resistance, Rebirth and Redemption that captures the spirit of her 1960s generation of SNCC workers that challenged segregation and discrimination in the South, and changed the face of America.
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