2018 Freedom Summer Fellows
Liam Waller is a Social Work student at Appalachian State University and a United States Air Force veteran. Liam is passionate about intersectional activism, trans liberation, gender justice, deconstructing white supremacy, and empowering marginalized leaders. He is excited to learn new organizing skills and to build a network of activists here in North Carolina.
Rakaya Nasir-Phillips is a student at North Carolina A&T studying History Education with a minor in Political Science. Since moving from Baltimore, they have pursued grassroots organizing in the South with a focus on creating resources for queer folks on college campuses, solidarity work with Palestinian people worldwide, and dismantling oppressive economic systems and institutions. Though this will be their first year officially organizing with communities; their desire for liberation transcends all binaries, borders, and boxes.
Tyshaun Johnson, affectionately known as Ty, was born and raised in Newport News VA, attended High School in Asheville NC and attends Berea College in Kentucky where he studies Political Science and Philosophy. Over the course of the past term Tyshaun spent his time in Asheville NC interning with the City of Asheville as well as the African American Caucus focusing on community development and Equity. In terms of organizing Ty hopes to gain all the necessary skills and critical awareness to best help his community.
Glenda Spell is from Fayetteville, NC and started at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in the Fall of 2015. She is currently a senior Interdisciplinary Studies student with a concentration on Race, Gender, and Class. She hopes to increase voter engagement around Durham, more specifically NCCU’s campus. She also hopes that this experience will help her become a better organizer and allow her the ability to grow with fellow organizers around North Carolina.
Jourdan Brickey is a senior Social Work major at Appalachian State University. She is from outside of Charlotte, NC and currently lives in Boone, NC. She hopes to gain valuable information in community organizing to aid her in her further endeavors and lasting relationships.
Keondre Williams is an intelligent young male from a small town. Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, he attended the illustrious Fayetteville State University. He completed a four year curriculum in a record time of two years obtaining a bachelors degree in Communications. He hopes to start his own non-profit organization and organize several progressive movements in impoverished and underrepresented communities nationwide and even worldwide. He wants to be the bridge to success for willing individuals who put forth max effort to be successful much like himself.
Zadia Earl she is a rising senior at UNCG with a major in Biology and a minor in environmental studies. She hopes to learn more about organizing and gain confidence with the idea of being a facilitator in order to utilize her education to aid others in need. She has a firm belief in the vision of a truly equitable, sustainable, and inclusive future for all living beings.
Carly Springs is an organizer in Greensboro and a recent graduate from UNCG. This summer she is looking forward to building outside of college campuses and centering her work in her neighborhood! Interested in food justice and radical education, she hopes to plug into and build out of the needs of the Glenwood neighborhood!
Adrianna Boston is a Senior Sociology Major that attends The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina. Adrianna Boston is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. where she builds upon the monuments of being community conscious action orientated. She strives to continue her growth in personal development by indulging herself in uncomfortable situations to broaden her perspectives on many different topics. “Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.”