Spirit Tawfiq is the founder of Roots of the Spirit, a business created to uproot racism through Storytelling, Education and the Arts.
Spirit is the creator and host of Roots of the Spirit Podcast, a space to galvanize change through honest conversations about identity, “race,” racism and intersecting social justice issues.
As a professional speaker and playwright, Spirit speaks and hosts workshops in k-12 classrooms, colleges, universities and organizations about her legacy as the daughter of Minnijean Brown Trickey (Little Rock Nine) who desegregated Little Rock Central High School in 1957 – inspiring people from all walks of life to discover their own roots and our interconnected history.
Born in Canada and now living in New York City, Spirit is an alumna of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (BA) and the Clinton School of Public Service (MPS). Her professional experience includes social justice education and advocacy, community relations and public speaking within the National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and as a speaker agent for Civil Rights icons Minnijean Brown Trickey and Ruby Bridges.