Speakers & Trainers
Margari Hill is the co-founder and Executive Director of Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC), a human rights education organization and co-founding co-director of the Black Muslim COVID Coalition. She is also a freelance writer published in How We Fight White Supremacy (2018) Time, Huffington Post, and Al Jazeera English. She has six years full-time experience working full-time in community organizations and over 15 years as an educator in various capacities including instructor, curriculum design, school policy, teacher training, and online learning, as well as graduate research assistant and teaching fellow in Middle Eastern, African, and Islamic history. She earned her bachelor’s degree in History from Santa Clara University in 2003 and master’s in History of the Middle East and Islamic Africa from Stanford University in 2006. Her research includes transformations in Islamic education, colonial surveillance in Northern Nigeria, anti-colonial resistance among West Africans in Sudan during the early 20th century, interethnic relations in Muslim communities, and the criminalization of Black Muslims. She is on the Advisory Council of Islam, Social Justice & Interreligious Engagement Program at the Union Theological Seminary and winner of MPAC’s 2015 Change Maker Award, 2016, Big Heart Award in 2017, and Khadija bint Khuwaylid Relief Foundation Lifetime Humanitarian award in 2019. She has given talks and lectures in various universities and community centers throughout the country.
Namira Islam Anani is a lawyer and graphic designer. She is the Co-Founder of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC), an organization which provides racial justice education and training. Namira previously practiced in poverty law in Flint, Michigan; worked in prisoners’ rights litigation; and interned in international criminal law and war crimes for the United Nations in The Hague, The Netherlands. Her legal background includes research on racism, global education standards, and the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training. Namira has delivered lectures and workshops on diversity, community, and justice across the United States. She has written for multiple publications and provided commentary and analysis on identity, current events, and social justice narratives for radio shows, documentary films, and other media worldwide. Namira was born in Detroit, Michigan to Bangladeshi parents and currently resides in Metro Detroit. She is an alumna of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and the Michigan State University College of Law. She tweets @namirari.
In her 28 years in education, Kenyatta Bakeer has been a teacher, director, principal, owner of a child care, professor, and consultant to Early Childhood Education centers. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She has a BA degree in Child Development and a MA in Early Childhood Education. She has helped open several schools including her own Preschool, she helped open Islah Academy, a Muslim school that serves South Central LA. She helped open a Charter school in South Central LA, that is housed at Bilal Islamic's campus. She is an Adjunct Child Development Professor for the Los Angeles Community College District and Senior Trainer and Research Fellow for Muslim Anti Racism Collaborative. Her favorite children's book is, "Where the Wild Things are". In her free time, she loves to hike at the beach and parks. She practices yoga and meditation practices. She is considered the Self Care Guru among her family and friends.