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Ainka Jackson

Leaders USA 2023


Founding Executive Director, The Selma Center for Nonviolence





Ainka Jackson is the founding executive director of the Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth and Reconciliation, an organization committed to creating Selma 2.0 by bridging divides and building the Beloved Community. Born in Montgomery and raised in Selma, Ainka appreciates that every successful legal and legislative movement required a people's movement. She helps to organize the community to address racial and economic inequities. She is co-creator of the Beyond Divide and Conquer: Unite and Build Racial Equity Training and is a level 3 certified Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation trainer. Previously a foster care case manager, teacher and public defender, she understands the necessity of personal, cultural, and institutional change. She is also the creator of the Selma Superheroes Children’s Book Series.