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Shameka Parrish-Wright

Co-Chair Kentucky Anti-Racism Alliance

Shameka Parrish-Wright

Co-Chair Kentucky Anti-Racism Alliance
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Biography

Ms. Parrish-Wright made Kentucky her home for almost twenty years. She began her academic career at the University of Cincinnati in Social Work and continued her education at the University of Louisville where she studied Psychology with a concentration in Social Sciences. Currently, she serves as the Operations Manager for the “Bail Project” where she supervises two sites in Louisville, KY ad Cincinnati, Ohio and manages a growing staff for the National Organization. The Bail Project is a non-profit organization designed to disrupt mass incarceration that also provides community outreach, training, and needs-based assessments. She is passionate about fighting daily to end the cash bail system and serves as a national motivational speaker for the Bail Project. As the Site Manager for the Bail Project, she is forced to make very difficult life changing decisions under strict time constraints and her ability to think under pressure is a necessary quality that she holds.

After receiving her education, she was appointed by the Mayor of Louisville as the Louisville Human Relations Commissioner and she served the community in that position from 2008 until 2012. In 2008, Ms. Parrish-Wright was chosen as an Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research Policy Council Member and served as a member of the Hispanic Latino Coalition for four years.

She maximizes her outreach using her thorough knowledge of effective tools including, but not limited to, social networking outlets, technology, media, and paper marketing sources. Prior to her work with the Bail Project, Ms. Parrish-Wright worked at the University of Louisville in the Arts and Sciences Department as a Community Outreach Coordinator. Her work there included increasing participation from families and youths of color and diverse backgrounds. She also worked at Kentucky Jobs for Justice as a Steering Committee member and Electoral Organizer.

For three years, Ms. Parrish-Wright served as both a Community Organizer and Recruiter for the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist & Political Oppression. While serving in this role, she initiated a summer youth program to engage and inform the youth in the community about activism and how to use art as a tool to change policies, make their voices heard, and fight for social justice. This program involved local activists, artists, as well as educational trips. She invested her time in these youth and focused on being a positive force in their lives that would impact them for years to come. She is now one of three co-chairs for the Kentucky Alliance elected by the membership in February of 2020.

 

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