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Arekia S. Bennett

National Speakers

Arekia is the Executive Director of MS Votes, an organization committed to civic engagement of Mississippians across generations, cultures, identities, inequities and struggles, with particular focus on young people. Arekia has been working on addressing voter disenfranchisement, voter ID laws, rural voter turn out, increasing voter participation in all elections and she also advises political aspirants and candidates seeking office on civic engagement strategy. Arekia is the founder of GIRL, a black feminist collective at Jackson State University and has been critical in developing and nurturing a black feminist political space and policy agenda with GIRL through MS Votes’ new initiative, “One Girl, One Vote.”