Imani Henry began his activism career when he was only 10. At that age, he organized a non-profit to foster literacy development in Delaware.
He now runs OD for the People, an organizational development practice focused on diversity. Additionally, he writes, lectures and performs.
He’s an activist encyclopedia. He can provide in-depth accounts on incidents of police brutality, gentrification and more.
Early Life and Education
Henry began his activism journey during 7th grade, helping peers who could not get school buses to their homes. Henry initiated a petition and eventually received media coverage; all his classmates received bus service as a result of this work.
Henry has taken part in numerous activities, such as working as staff organizer for the Audre Lorde Project and program coordinator of TransJustice (the first political group for transgender people of color in NYC). Furthermore, Henry founded BEFORE IT’S GONE//TAKE IT BACK which works to prevent landlords from evicting low-income tenants in Flatbush.
Henry was honored with this year’s Peace First Prize award, given annually to young people who have shown an outstanding commitment to peaceful coexistence. The prize, worth $25,000 and including a leadership training grant, was won.
Imani Henry is an activist and diversity trainer involved in a range of campaigns. As staff organizer at the International Action Center he focused on national social justice issues affecting communities of color, women, migrant workers and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations. Additionally, Imani co-founded Rainbow Flags for Mumia as well as TransJustice which was NYC’s first political group created specifically by and for transgender people of color.
His innovative community building efforts were recognized with a Peace First prize award. 100 Men Reading is an organization that raises money so they can send men into elementary schools, day cares and preschools to read with children – giving strong male role models while helping teach young ones how to read.
Achievement and Honors
Imani Henry is a community organizer, diversity trainer, writer and performer working nationally on issues of social justice that impact communities of color, women, migrant workers and lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer peoples. He was among the original founding members of The Audre Lorde Project as well as serving as program coordinator of TransJustice; NYC’s first political group founded and run by and for transgender and gender non-conforming people of color.
Henry is the founder and co-founder of 100 Men Reading, a non-profit that connects Delaware youth with positive male role models to encourage literacy development and mentoring. Additionally, Henry co-founded Rainbow Flags for Mumia as part of an effort to demand Mumia Abu-Jamal be released from prison. Additionally, Henry received Columbia College’s Anabel and Jerry McHugh Director’s Award recognizing students who mobilize diverse campus stakeholders towards meeting community-based needs while creating an engaged campus culture.
Imani Henry started his activism at age 13, organizing his peers to secure school buses for Latin Academy. That experience taught him that even young people can make change.
As a trained social worker, Henry has dedicated much of his adult life to advocating for people and communities around the world. As part of this cause, he has protested US military inventions in Afghanistan, Colombia, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon Libya Somalia Venezuela as well as economic blockades against Cuba.
As a resident of Flatbush since 2002, he is working tirelessly against police brutality and gentrification in his community. He criticizes media reports of crime hotspots which demonize low-income minority residents, and opposes city policies aimed at dislodging them so wealthy individuals can acquire their properties.
Henry is an interdisciplinary scholar specializing in race, law, literature and African-American culture. Though he has amassed considerable wealth through his professional endeavors, Henry prefers living a modest lifestyle.
Wildwood School graduate Imani Perry also studies at Parsons School of Design – The New School, running his clothing line Imani Perry which has gained significant traction on social media platforms.
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