Aisha Keynotes American Bar Association MLK Day Celebration

 Civil Rights 2.0

The civil rights struggle we face today is much more nuanced than that of King’s era.  The fault lines of disparity, disadvantage and discrimination have evolved even as the foundations of racism, classism, and sexism have stayed the same…But at the core of the civil rights struggle then and now, is economic justice…

From Occupy Wall street, to the Dream Defenders, to the LGBT movement…. fundamentally what perpetuates the rift between the haves and the have nots are the systemic barriers that thwart economic security. Access to quality education, over-criminalization, and the opportunity to simply compete…This is the reality of what I like to call the Civil Rights 2.0 landscape. The face of injustice is changing and so too should our strategies to tackle it…. we are, as King said, indeed “caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”  And so, we must stand together as advocates in shared struggle, rather than just as allies, in solidarity…


American Bar Association: “The market for folks sharing their ideas and opinions is vast, but filtering for wisdom, authenticity and depth matters most. When Aisha agreed to keynote the 2014 ABA MLK Commemoration event she wove concepts of justice, inclusion, and “creative tension” into a conversational and appropriate talk that addressed the goals of our planning committee and impressed upon all of us exactly why she has become a renowned, in-demand speaker and presence.  Many like to speak to showcase themselves and push agendas, but quality, and the mark of a change agent, is evidenced in the thoughtful consideration of an audience; respect for history and process; understanding and reflecting on one’s own struggles, and the struggles of others; seeing community in all people and places; and belief in the inherent goodness of humankind. This … essence is what came through in Aisha’s talk. And, it’s why I look forward to the next opportunity to invite her to speak.” ~ Garry Bevel, former Director of the Commission on Youth at Risk