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M. Billye Sankofa Waters, Ph.D.

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M. Billye Sankofa Waters, Ph.D. – daughter of Mary and Bill – is a Hip Hop generation Blackgirl from Chicago who uses several modalities with folx to co-construct, embody, and share knowledges. She has 20+ professional years in various capacities as a writer/journalist, educator, artist; her work is grounded in Black storytelling, qualitative methods, liberatory education, Black feminism and critical race theory. She is creator of the brand #BlackFolxAreRich and currently an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Washington Tacoma.

Selected Publications

Sankofa Waters, M. B. & Rhodes, M. (anticipated Spring 2024). “What’s Happening Baby?”: Lessons from my first teacher, Mrs. Mary M. Temple Rhodes. Urban Education.

Muhammad, G., Sankofa Waters, M. B. & Reid, S. (2023). Editorial. Equity & Excellence in Education, 56(4), 495512, doi:10.1080/10665684.2023.2291904

Sankofa Waters, M. B. (2022). Black storytellers and everyday liberation: At the nexus of home, school, and Hip Hop. Qualitative Inquiry, 29(6), 705-719. doi:10.1177/10778004221139