Awo Okaikor Aryee-Price

Education for Liberation Network

Okaikor is the second daughter of a Ghanaian immigrant father and African American mother from Newark (‘Nork’), New Jersey by way of her grandmother’s migration from Okolona, Mississippi. Okaikor is a former classroom teacher, teacher-leader, educational justice organizer, a mother of two children, partner, and currently the Executive Director of the Education for Liberation Network; a national coalition of teachers, community activists, researchers, youth and parents who believe a good education should teach people—particularly low-income youth and youth of color—how to understand and challenge the injustices their communities face. Her organizing orientation is rooted in an intersectional, anti-racist, de/colonial Black feminist lens and framework, as well as core organizing principles she was mentored into by Black elders in the movement. Okaikor is also a steering committee member of Black Feminist Future, and a board member of a parent-led education justice organization, Parents Unified for Local School Education (PULSE), a Journey for Justice Alliance organization based in Newark, NJ.