Miriam Gray will the change the world for the better by building community, advancing equity, and combatting internalized anti-Blackness - her catalysts for founding Servant Leaders Institute. SLI's initiatives include developing youth leaders, literacy and social awareness, and teacher support through the promotion of economic equity.
Most recently, Miriam made history as an inaugural member and scholarship recipient of IGNITE The South 2022-a development program for emerging leaders in Southern social justice organizations.
Miriam is entering her thirteenth year in education and her fourth year as an instructor at
Thee Jackson State University. Her extensive background includes restorative justice, management, network-building, analysis, operations, and strategic planning.
Major highlights in Miriam's leadership journey include her time as a teacher at Lanier High School and the years she gave to the Jackson Human Rights Institute while receiving United Nations training in preparation for hosting The UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.
Miriam credits her upbringing in Fayette, Mississippi, time spent in Cape Town, South Africa, recent visit to Puerto Rico, and witnessing and experiencing the internalization of anti-Blackness as essential components of her commitment to challenging structural inequalities.
She will move forward in love, power, truth, and grace.