Educator, activist, and artist, Phavia Kujichagulia is a former Professor of Ethnomusicology & African Civilizations at World College West and Stanford University’s Workshop on Political & Social Issues. In addition to ten years as Resident Literary Artist at San Quentin Prison, Sistah Kujichagulia has taught Literary & Performing Arts throughout northern California’s Department of Corrections at DVI, Susanville, Vacaville, Soledad, and Folsom Prisons for more than 16 years. Ms. Kujichagulia was a member of the United States Delegation to the 2nd World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) in the Caribbean country of Barbados. She has performed and lectured extensively throughout the continental USA, England, and the Caribbean.
A prolific writer, Phavia Kujichagulia currently writes for the San Francisco Examiner Newspaper Online. In addition to several books of poetry, from 1990 to 1999 Ms. Kujichagulia wrote for Jazz Now Magazine. Her latest book, Recognizing & Resolving the Roots of Racism [ISBN 978-1-4507-4050-0] is a profoundly insightful analysis of the origins and presence of racism in our daily lives.
Renaissance woman, Phavia Kujichagulia is a Griot (oral historian who utilizes music and poetry to reveal history). She is one of the musicians and cultural artists highlighted in the Arcadia Publishing book series, Images of America: Black Artists in Oakland /2007. This spoken word artist plays trumpet/cornet & percussion. She dynamically orchestrates African music, Jazz, and pop into a hypnotic rhapsody. Her performances include the World Drum Festival, National Black Expo, the John Coltrane Festival, and Nelson Mandela’s 1990 USA Tour. Between 1990 and 1999, Phavia Kujichagulia was the cultural director and co-leader of the African Roots of Jazz. Her production piece, The Story of Jazz, has received national acclaim in the USA. Kujichagulia has also been recognized as one of the Kings & Queens of Black Consciousness along with Dr. Cornel West, Marvin X, Sonia Sanchez, and Amiri Baraka. Her latest feature CD, The Human Race (Kujichagulia Records), is available online. For more information visit
http://www.examiner.com/ethnic-community-in-oakland/phavia-kujichagulia & www.kujichaguliaphavia.com