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Niko Merritt

Niko Merritt is a Black Woman. Mother of 5. Activist. Community Leader. Healer. She is the Founding Executive Director of Sankofa Community Connection, a non-profit organization in Newport, RI. Sankofa's Value Statement: At Sankofa Community Connection, we strive to disrupt inequalities and injustice within our community and schools. Through our work, we will continue to bring awareness, encouragement and education to empower our community members that are not often heard.


Living for the We: Raising children, mothering a community, stepping into greatness

Black women hold multiple identities. My identities include Black woman. Mother. Activist. Community leader. Healer. Each identity can stand on its own, yet it is difficult for me to separate them. In fact, the roles enhance each other, especially in the work that I do for and with the community. Having all of these together […]

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