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BlackNorth Talks w/ Topeka K. Sam

February 17, 2022 @ 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm


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Join us in this deep conversation about authenticity as it relates to representation, identity, and diversity.
We hope you’ll feel inspired to donate at any point before, during, and after the show. Your generous contributions will go toward the following BlackNorth community initiatives:

• Homeownership Bridge Program Enabling lower-income Black households to secure adequate housing for their families and equity, so more Black people can realize their potential.
• Black Youth Helpline Providing counseling, crisis response, self-directed gateway sessions, information, and referrals for Black youth in mental health need.
• BlackNorth Academy (a bespoke C-Suite and board preparedness program)
• BlackNorth Connect Program (platform designed to provide access to internships and job postings for early-career recruitment and mentorships and bursaries for post-secondary educations)

Meet The Speaker

Topeka K. Sam (Founder of LOHM and Justice Reform Advocate)
While in Federal Prison, Topeka K. Sam witnessed firsthand the epidemic and disparity of incarceration on women, more specifically women of color. She felt the urgency to bring the faces and voices of women in prison to the public in order to bring awareness to women’s incarceration and post-incarceration issues in order to change the criminal legal system.
After her release in 2015 and in response to what she saw and learned in prison, Topeka created The Ladies of Hope Ministries (The LOHM) an organization whose mission is to help disenfranchised and marginalized women transition back into society through education, entrepreneurship, spiritual empowerment, and advocacy. With Vanee Sykes, Topeka developed the vision for Hope House NYC while they were incarcerated. Hope House NYC is a safe housing space for formerly incarcerated women located in the Castle Hill neighborhood of the Bronx.

Topeka K. Sam is a ‘2017 Soros Justice Fellowship‘ recipient. Her fellowship, The Probation and Parole Accountability Project focuses on the broken and arbitrary probation and parole systems. Her op-ed, It’s Time to Overhaul America’s Broken Probation and Parole Systems, was published widely. Sam is a ‘2015 Beyond the Bars Fellow‘ and a ‘2016 Justice in Education Scholar‘ both at Columbia University.

In early December, in partnership with Grammy-winner and activist John Legend’s FREE AMERICA, Bank of America, and New Profit, Topeka was named as one of eight people to the first cohort of Unlocked Futures, an accelerator for social innovators who have been impacted directly by the criminal justice system.
Additionally, Topeka is consulting with Senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren on the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act, and she has been a TEDxMidAtlantic presenter. In December 2017, Topeka was one of three women who met with Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Lee, Shelia Jackson Lee and 17 other members of the Democratic Women’s Working Group where she spoke with them about the realities faced every day by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women.

Please note this event will be held online.
1. RSVP today.
2. Save The Date – We will email you an access link to join the event.
3. Attendance is first come first serve. In the case we reach capacity, this event will be recorded for viewing at a later time.

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Registration closes Thursday, February 17th, 1 pm EST.


February 17, 2022
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm


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