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Legacy Empowerment

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CONVENTION SPEAKER

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE LECTURE

WORKSHOP FACILITATOR

MODERATOR

PANELIST

Selected speaking engagements

For decades Nkechi has mesmerized audiences as keynote speaker, moderator, panelist, lecturer or interviewee on behalf of the following organizations, institutions, companies and media outlets:
  • Alliance of National Minority Law Enforcement Associations
  • American Association of Law Schools
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • American Constitution Society
  • American Univ. Washington College of Law
  • Amnesty International
  • Baltimore Jewish Council
  • Behind the Cycle
  • BET Live with Tavis Smiley
  • BET TV Our Voices
  • Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
  • Black Radical Congress
  • Black Voices for Peace
  • CATO Institute
  • CNN and Company
  • Congressional Black Associates
  • Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
  • C-SPAN
  • Council of State Governments
  • Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants
  • Crump Law Camp
  • David A. Clarke School of Law
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • D.C. Bar District of Columbia Affairs Section
  • D.C. Bar Section on Criminal Law & Individual Rights
  • D.C. Cable TV
  • Drug Policy Alliance
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Fox Morning News
  • George Mason University
  • Georgetown University Law School
  • Harambee Internet Radio & TV
  • Harvard Law School
  • Howard Law Journal Symposium
  • Howard Law Public Interest Law Society
  • Howard University Equal Justice Program
  • Howard University School of Law
  • Howard University Political Science Dept
  • Institute for Public Accuracy
  • Institute of the Black World 21st Century
  • Interactive Enterprises
  • International Concerned Families and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal
  • Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington
  • Maryland Legal Services Partnership
  • NAACP
  • NAACP-Legal Defense Fund
  • National African American Drug Policy Coal.
  • National Alliance Against Homelessness
  • National Association for Public Interest Law
  • National Bar Association
  • National Black Caucus of State Legislators
  • National Black Law Students Association
  • National Black Police Association
  • National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America
  • National Conference of Black Lawyers
  • National Conference on State Legislators
  • National Convocation on Jail and Prison Ministry
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • National Legal Aid & Defender Association
  • National Women's Law Center
  • National Voting Rights Institute
  • NewsTalk TV
  • Peace and Justice Foundation
  • People's University on the Mall - 30th Anniversary March on Washington
  • Phelps Career Senior High School
  • Redeem the Dream Policy Institute
  • Sankofa Conference
  • Shirley Chisholm Pres. Accountability Comm.
  • South African Broadcasting Company
  • Town of Bladensburg, MD
  • United Black Community
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • University of the District of Columbia
  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Washington Association of Black Journalists
  • Washington Council of Lawyers
  • Washington Bar Association
  • Washington Office on Africa
  • WDCA-TV "Making a Difference"
  • WHUT Evening Exchange
  • WPFW - Freedom Sounds
  • Women's Legal Defense Fund
  • Yale Law School 

Taifa specializes in topics at the intersections of justice, race, legacy, and empowerment. 

Through Legacy Educational Outreach, Nkechi Taifa is available to assist you in meeting your goals - whether as keynote or plenary speaker, workshop facilitator, moderator or panelist - Taifa in her various capacities as attorney, activist, author or educator - has the expertise and skills to empower your audience.  Taifa's motivational speaking is captivating. Her customized, innovative and interactive presentations are accentuated by her high energy and creative style.  Her strategic consultations and expert technical assistance have optimized outcomes in academic, corporate, legal and community settings. 

LEGACY education OUTREACH

Sample lecture /workshop topics

Empowerment
  • Empower Your Mind; Explode Your Bank Account

  • Unleashing the Entrepreneur in You!

  • Change Your Programming from a Poverty to a Prosperity Mentality

  • Don't Block the Blessing and Sabotage Your Success!

  • The Secret to Successful Skill Development

Justice
  • Roadblocked Reentry: The Prison After Imprisonment

  • Justice or "Just Us?" - Racism in the Criminal Justice System

  • Time for a New Narrative:  From Tough on Crime, to Smart on Safety

  • Civil Rights as Human Rights

  • The Criminalization of Women of Color

Education, Culture & Youth

  • Harnessing the Strengths of Heritage Heroes and Heroines in Your Every Day Life
  • The Imperativeness of Black History in the Spirit of Struggle

  • Identity, Purpose & Direction: Spread Forth Your Wings and Fly

  • Lessons from the Legacy of Struggle

  • On the Frontlines: The Practice of Law in the Public Interest


TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE




Testimony Before the U.S. Sentencing Commission, "Whether Amendment 2 of the Fair Sentencing Act Should be Applied Retroactively, June 1, 2011. 


Testimony Before the American Bar Association Justice Kennedy Commission. (Nov. 14, 2003)


Written Statement for the Record to the House Crime Subcommittee, "Unfairness in Federal Cocaine Sentencing: Is it Time to Crack the 100 to 1 Disparity?" (May 21, 2009)

Testimony before the United States Sentencing Commission, "Cocaine and Federal Sentencing Policy. (Nov. 16, 2006)

Testimony before the Maryland State Judiciary in Support of Joint Resolution 4, "Reparations for the Enslavement of African Americans" (May 17, 2004)

Testimony before the Council of the District of Columbia, "MPD's Camera Surveillance System,"on behalf of the ACLU-NCA (June 13, 2002)

Testimony before the Committee on the Judiciary, Council of the District of Columbia, "The Use of Firearms and Excessive Use of Force by Metropolitan Police Officers." (Jan. 20, 1999)

Testimony before the Committee on the Judiciary, Council of the District of Columbia, Comments of the DC Bar Section on Criminal Law & Individual Rights, "The District of Columbia Nonviolent Offenders Mandatory-Minimum Sentences Amendment Act of 1994."  (Oct. 31, 1994)

Testimony before the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Criminal Justice, testimony in opposition to "The Use of the National Guard in Civil Law Enforcement Activities." (Oct. 5, 1994)

Testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, "Statehood for the District of Columbia." (Aug. 1, 1994)

Testimony before the US Sentencing Commission on Proposed Guideline Amendments, "Disparity in Penalty Between Crack and Powder Cocaine." March 24, 1994)

Testimony before the Committee on Self-Determination, Council of the District of Columbia, Comments of the D.C. Bar Section on Criminal Law and Individual Rights, "Statehood for the District of Columbia.  (April 28, 1993)

Testimony before the Judiciary Committee, Council of the District of Columbia, "AIDS Policies of the District of Columbia Correctional System," on behalf of NCBL (June 12, 1991)

Testimony before the Committee on the Judiciary, Council of the District of Columbia, on FY 1991 Proposed Budget for the Office of Paternity and Child Support Enforcement. (March 1, 1991)

Testimony before the Judiciary Committee, Council of the District of Columbia, "The Criminal Justice Improvement Act of 1989." (Nov. 20, 1989)

The fabled Sankofa bird moves forward while looking backwards, 
symbolizing the significance of empowering the future by summoning the strengths of the past ...