Attorney, Author, Activist
Nkechi Taifa is a civil and human rights attorney and scholar-activist. She is president of The Taifa Group and serves as Senior Fellow at the Center for Justice at Columbia University. She is a nationally recognized commentator and subject matter expert on race and justice.
Taifa has worked at the Open Society Foundations, Howard University School of Law, ACLU, and the National Prison Project. She served as Commissioner and Chair of the DC Commission on Human Rights. She is a founding member of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America, and an inaugural Commissioner on the National African American Reparations Commission.
A native Washingtonian, Taifa is the author of a best-selling memoir, Black Power, Black Lawyer: My Audacious Quest for Justice and a co-author of Reparations Yes. She has testified before the US Congress, DC City Council, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the US Helsinki Commission.