CAST AND CREW – AYANNA NAJUMA

Ayanna Najuma is a woman filled with the passion needed to change the world.

She is a Renaissance woman, a true visionary, and has accepted the responsibility of manifesting ideas that allow people, from every walk of life to determine their own destiny by using their talents, skills and resources to make a difference in the world – to enhance the quality of life.

A native of Oklahoma, Ms. Najuma’s days as an advocate began as a young child.  She was one of the original sit-inners at Katz Drug Store in Oklahoma City.  This sit-in was held several years before the sit-ins in North Carolina.  She has continued to fight for equity and equality for many issues that impact one’s ability to empower themselves and add value to society.  She is currently traveling the country with Julia Clifford, documentary filmmaker of Children of the Civil Rights, the story of the sit-in movement in Oklahoma City, to share the importance of advocacy and activism in society.  They have launched I Have a Voice, a campaign designed to empower, educate and encourage young people to utilize their own voice for equity and equality in society.

Ayanna was presented The Trailblazer Award in 2014 by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma Corporation Commission and the Oklahoma Historical Society for her work in the civil rights movement.

In addition to being an advocate for creating a quality of life that allows one to be empowered and create their own destiny, she has developed an impressive range of creative skills. It is for this reason that she launched the column, THE BEST IS RIGHT NOW! Honor It! Embrace It! Live It!™, featured on Retirement LivingTV.com and in The Oklahoman.  Her work as host and producer  of  WPFW’s radio  talk  show  Business World in Washington, DC, allowed her the opportunity to touch the minds of many.  She has written for numerous newspapers and magazines.

Ayanna is a noted speaker, motivating and empowering people to take a second look at their lives, to step outside themselves, and examine what is necessary and required to live a healthy and prosperous life.  Ayanna is making a major impact among the young and old and women around the world as she provides insight into how to live life to the fullest.

Ms. Najuma is also a principal with Lincoln-McLeod, a public relations and marketing firm.  As Ms. Najuma travels the world representing clients, her desire to maintain balance and harmony is paramount in creating a society that can have a legacy to be proud of – a history that can be passed on from one generation to another.

With over 25 years of international experience in communications, Ms. Najuma has worked with clients that range from authors, artists and entertainers to trade associations, nonprofit organizations and Fortune 500 corporations plan and respond to changes in the market place through strategic planning, brand and image development, market research, media relations, and media related special events.  She has made great strides in making dreams come true.

Ms. Najuma is also passionate about the healthcare of the underserved.  She is committed to eliminating healthcare disparities in all healthcare areas, specifically kidney disease and issues related to women’s health.   In 2005, she donated a kidney to a friend and now speaks nationally to educate and inform people of color on the importance of organ donation.

Ayanna is a member of the NAACP and formerly a national board member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, the National Great Black in Wax Museum national advisory board, as well as the National Association of Women Business Owners.  She is a member of the Justice Roundtable of the Open Society.

Ayanna has been featured in Essence, Heart and Soul and Emerge magazines.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University and a Masters degree in Urban Planning from Howard University in Washington, DC.

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