Opal Tometi is the Nigerian human rights activist, writer, strategist, and community organizer that is leading the global discuss on black lives.
Opal Tometi, is the inspiring Nigerian co-founder of Black Lives Matter, the global movement that brings attention to the racial inequities faced by black people.
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Opal Tometi is the daughter of Nigerian immigrants. She is the oldest of three children and has two younger brothers.
She grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Communication and Advocacy from Arizona State University.
On May 7, 2016, Opal received an honorary doctor of science degree from Clarkson University.
Opal started as an active community organizer in her hometown advocating for human rights issues.
She has campaigned for advancing human rights, migrant rights, and racial justice worldwide. She also worked as a case manager for survivors of domestic violence. Opal is also the former Executive Director of the United States’ first national immigrant rights organisation for people of African descent, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.
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