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Spirit Tawfiq

As a child, I did not know that my mother was one of the Little Rock Nine. Once I became aware of my mother's role in U.S. and world history, I became enthralled and passionate about embarking on the life-long journey to uncover the ideology, process, and practice of racism - and have committed my life's work to uproot it.

I have spent the last two decades educating and speaking out against racism in various ways, most notably with educators, in k-12 classrooms, colleges and organizations who are invested in learning, unlearning, and enacting antiracism policies and practices within their respective communities. 

Roots of the Spirit is my commitment to galvanize change in the form of a Speakers Bureau, Podcast, Workshops and Retreats. I am honored that you stopped by my website and hope you'll join me to proactively bend the moral arc of the universe toward justice. 

Be the change,


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My Journey

I am an antiracism educator and founder of Roots of the Spirit, an organization created to uproot racism through storytelling, education, and the arts.

I am the creator and host of the 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, I speak and host workshops in K-12 classrooms, colleges, universities, and organizations about my legacy as the daughter of Minnijean Brown Trickey, who is one of the Little Rock Nine, a group of black students who desegregated Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Together, we want to inspire 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, I am an alumna of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (BA) and the Clinton School of Public Service (MPS). My professional experience includes social justice education and advocacy, community relations, and public speaking within the National Park Service, working with the Smithsonian Institution, and being a speaker agent for civil rights icons Minnijean Brown Trickey and Ruby Bridges.

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