Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare. -audre lorde
Erica is a public educator, speaker, vocalist, and activist working with young folx, churches, and neighborhoods to build beloved communities. Her teaching and faith-rooted community leadership spans urban and rural contexts in North Carolina and Chicago.
Erica is the founding director of Journey to Joy (J2J) a co-created *reframe space for young folks of color to journey towards human connection through exploring joy. Journey to Joy comes out of a larger mission to empower people of all ages and settings to journey together towards wholeness through authentic transformative human connection. A critical piece to realizing a more whole and just society (from the neighborhood, to the corporate boardroom, to the school classroom) lies in the authentic connections that people make with themselves (their histories, the effects of those histories and the responsibilities that result from those histories) and with each other (understanding and living into the connectedness of each human to every other human).