FALL 2015 IGNITE NC FELLOWS
Holden Cession is a magical Southern queer black-indigenous
transbeing, time traveler, and trouble maker. They are passionate about black liberation and the liberation of all oppressed peoples. They enjoy making art, music, and merriment.
Janae Peats, Bay Area native is currently a student at Bennett College and an advocate for her community in Greensboro through many channels including Igntie NC. Janae is prepping to pursue her Masters in Public Policy. While excited, the process reminds Janae of the importance of higher education reform and affordability.
Jonathan Green (They, Them, And Theirs) is a communication major at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Jonathan is devoted to campus peer education, outreach, and advocacy regarding issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, expression, and social justice, and liberation for all people of color. Jonathan is a public speaker who has advocated for issues such as LGBT homelessness drawing on both involvement and personal experience. Jonathan is currently the President of The Queer Student Union, an organization devoted to creating a more safe, inclusive campus at UNCG while being committed to dismantling all forms of oppression.
Shane Hicks is a fun-loving, always-smiling, very queer, and very radical 20 year old. He is tired of living in the shadows doing nothing, he is prepared to arm himself with Education for the Revolution.
Najha Zigbi-Johnson, is from Harlem, NY and is currently a junior at Guilford College, where she is majoring in Religious Studies and minoring in Community, Justice and Policy Studies. For the past year, Najha has volunteered at the Beloved Community Center, where she has been involved in voter registration work and the planning of various #Blacklivesmatter marches in Greensboro, NC. In an effort to better understand the intersections of oppressive issues, Najha strives to partake in spaces of radical love and change, where the status quo is questioned and black and brown lives are affirmed and uplifted.
Camara Peacock is a junior at North Carolina A&T State University. There she majors in Child Development & Family Studies. For the past few years she has volunteered at the Beloved Community Center of Greensboro under the leadership of the Rev. Nelson Johnson. She is very passionate about education and social justice. One day she plans on opening up her own child care facility so that the younger aged children are able to get a good education before going to public (or private) schooling.
Femi Shittu is a student organizer at UNCG who seeks liberation. She is majoring in Psychology and African-American and African Diaspora Studies and works with numerous social justice organizations in Central North Carolina. As an artist she advocates for the power of the arts in the revolution.
Vashti Hannah Hinton is a junior Political Science student at North Carolina A&T State University. Originally born in Baltimore, MD, she now resides in Greensboro, NC with her family. She is a member of the YCD NC NAACP, as well as an intern for Ignite NC. While being very active on her campus, she holds a position as the Political Action chair for the Black History Club at her school. With all these positive involvements, she has made the conscious decision to devote her time and life to the movement and her family.
Tracey Battle is a native of Washington, Dc. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC where she teaches English and social studies at a charter school. She graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a BS in Electronic Media Journalism. She is currently working on completing her master’s in Africana Studies at UNC Charlotte.
Brandy Hamilton lives in Charlotte where she works as an organizer with The Tribe-Charlotte and an Early Childhood teacher. Brandy is the mother of two canine kids, Honey & Fluff. Her hobbies are working in her garden, hiking and singing.
Tamika Lewis is a local organizer in Charlotte, NC whose primary focus is advancing QPOC (Queer People of Color) and marginalized communities through education and social reform. Currently she is working on implement restorative justice practices within Charlotte Mecklenberg School district. Tamika is very excited to be an Ignite fellow for the 2015-2016 term and looks forward to connecting with other youth and young adult organizers in NC.
Rachel Clay is from Raleigh, North Carolina and is currently a senior at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She is double majoring in Political Science and Women’s Studies and double minoring in Girls’ Studies and LGBT Studies.
Victor X Moore is a senior graphic design student at Appalachian State University. He is passionate about shedding light on the black experience and the fight for black liberation through his art. Once he graduates, and continue the fight for liberation in the big city. Victor is 22 years old.
Mary Lyons is studying Art-Education and Nonprofit Management at Appalachian State University. She is a leader in her local NAACP, Student Government, and Appalachian Social Justic Educators. Within her predominantly white campus and community she strives to raise the voice and the power of the marginalized.
Jose Mujica immigrated to the United States from Ecuador at 4 years old. Currently a CS Student at UNCC. His lifelong interest in American history and politics has manifested into staunch commitment to the fight for civil rights and social justice.
Christina Cierra Hinton is from Reidsville, North Carolina by way of Columbia, Maryland, but has called the Triangle home for nine years. Christina Cierra earned her B.A. in History from UNC-Chapel Hill and is now completing post-baccalaureate studies in the Department of Sociology and the School of Social Work. Currently, she works in Student Life at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, and cherishes the opportunity to work with young people from across North Carolina. Christina Cierra also serves as a lead facilitator for the Safe Zone program at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is particularly passionate about dismantling the systems of oppression that make receiving an education difficult for students of color and LGBT+ youth.
Ajamu Dillahunt is a Freshman at North Carolina Central University where he studies political science with a concentration in public policy and Global Studies. He is also a member of Black Workers for Justice and the Youth Organizing Institute.
Hakeem Dykes is a leader on his HBCU campus, Shaw University. He has indulged himself in learning the history of his culture and plans to use that to create a better society for everyone. He believes, like Marcus Garvey “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots”
Molly Burchins, is currently a Junior at North Carolina State University and currently studying Social Work. She is a former intern at the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault and is passionate about issues surrounding sexual violence, especially on college campuses. She hope to go to graduate school at NC State in order to pursue a Masters in Social Work and continue to work with sexual violence on college campuses.
Jasmine Cannon is a New Jersey native and is a senior at NC State University, majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies, minoring in Anthropology. During her tenure at NC State, she has served on various executive boards for student organizations, as a peer mentor for Raleigh opportunity youth and new first year students, as a counselor for the Symposium for Multicultural Scholars, and held several other employed and volunteer positions to make her campus a more inclusive place for all. Post-graduation, she plans to pursue a career in Public Health with a focus on standardized public-school health education advocacy and access to holistic healthcare in marginalized communities.
Randi Griffin is a pre-med student at Duke University, who is passionate about the interdisciplinary ways that social justice and equality issues affect people of all types of backgrounds. He seeks to promote education, outreach, and activism work that focuses on these topics both within his university and local community, and within the greater national and international communities through his work domestically and abroad. His goal through Ignite NC is to be able to continue to expand upon this work throughout North Carolina through building connections and solidarity with like-minded people, to hopefully create better, more equitable and just communities.
Taylor McCain is from Greensboro, North Carolina and is a junior at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, she is majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication and she aspires to host her on talk show in the future. Taylor is adamant about serving her community. She serves as the Program Leader of Communiversity Youth Program and serves as a member of the service committee for the Kappa Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is passionate about voting rights and minority empowerment.
Ishmael Bishop is a current student at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. In his free time he enjoys writing for his school news paper, participating in ALL the activism, and reading 19th and 20th centurty African American novels. Upon graduating, Ish plans to enact political and economic change for teachers and schools on Capitol Hill.
Kat Caskey is from Spring Lake, NC and is a first generation college student in her third year at UNC-Chapel Hill. There she studies Communication and is minoring in Social and Economic Justice and Creative Writing. She also serves as co-chair for Student Action with Workers (United Students Against Sweatshops Local 91).
Ajanae willis is from Fayetteville, North Carolina were her home is. She was born the second of three children into an Army family. Growing up, Ajanae was always consumed by education and humanitarian service to others. Ajanae currently attends Elizabeth City State University where She is in her third year. She student government Vice President of Internal Affairs Her major is exactly her passion; History (concentrating in Black Studies)with a minor in Secondary Education.
Troy Burts is a young being with African descendants subtly whistling and hollering through the ambiguous nature of humanity. Loaded with ambition and a compelled compassion for understanding whats not meant to be understood. A gender fluid individual exploring depths with utmost tact. This young person has keen logistics skills and great with Microsoft windows.