Omavi Shukur - Executive Director

Omavi Shukur was born and raised in a union household in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has conducted extensive research on the criminal justice policies and practices that caused the Arkansas Incarceration Crisis as well as possible policy solutions. He has also conducted criminal justice educational sessions with the homeless, youth, policymakers and other community stakeholders.

Omavi has collaborated with formerly incarcerated people to create a sustained and organized counterbalance to the overly-punitive, profiteering tough-on-crime lobby. He assembled a team of formerly incarcerated people who organized the Helping Our People Excel (H.O.P.E.) Group, which is a therapeutic support and advocacy group organized, administered and facilitated by formerly incarcerated people, for formerly incarcerated people. In 2017, he worked with the H.O.P.E. Group to successfully bring an end to the ban on people in Arkansas with felony drug convictions receiving food stamps and welfare.

He is on the Legal Committee of the ACLU of Arkansas and is on the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Columbia University in the City of New York. 

omavi@seedsofliberation.org

Archie Hearne, IV - Director of Education and Educational Resources/CFO

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Archie Hearne IV is an advocate for education and social justice born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has a passion for ensuring that under-served, over-punished young black men receive the education and mentoring they deserve. He has first-hand knowledge of the distressing state of Arkansas's criminal justice system as he was formerly incarcerated for nine months pursuant to a conviction for a drug offense. He currently educates people about his experience in hopes that they will learn more about the realities of Arkansas's criminal justice system and don’t follow in his footsteps on his prior path to incarceration.

He is a graduate of Wilbur D. Mills High School, Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids (P.A.R.K) and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where he received a B.S.E. in Educational Studies. 

Marion Humphrey, Jr. - Director of Fundraising and Development/COO

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Marion Andrew Humphrey, Jr. advocates for social justice through youth leadership development, community organizing, and nonprofit management. He has organized with teachers and education support professionals with the National Education Association and has managed a social justice youth fellowship program for Young People For, a program of People For the American Way Foundation in Washington, D.C. He also served as a deputy field organizer for President Obama's reelection campaign.

Marion hails from Little Rock, Arkansas, where he attended the historic Little Rock Central High School. He is also graduate of Davidson College. Marion is a proud alumnus of the Youth Justice Leadership Institute with the National Juvenile Justice Network and the Rockwood Art of Leadership: Racial and Human Rights Leaders Program.

Dawn Jeffrey - Director of Community Relations

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Dawn Jeffrey advocates for social and racial injustice through community engagement. Her personal experiences with the criminal justice system have motivated her to help others who are directly impacted by mass incarceration and mass criminalization. She is also deeply involved in her community and has organized several events including the FFB 1st Annual Backpack Drive, School Uniform Drive/Giveaway and several community cleanups.

She was born in California and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. She is also a proud graduate of Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School. 

Mujera Lung'aho - Director of the Arts, Advocacy and Activism Project

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Mujera Lung'aho, a performance artist who performs under the moniker “Gensu the Blerd Philosopher,” utilizes cultural artistic activism to serve marginalized communities. Mujera advocates for the resurrection of community infrastructure and liberation from modern-day slavery. He has used his spoken word poetry, music and storytelling as a catalyst for productive action. Mujera's passion for arts, advocacy and activism is fueled, in part, by his personal experience with the criminal justice system.

Mujera co-founded CatchNewWave LLC, a grassroots artist collective that consists of artists collectively engaging in activist struggle. He is also the founder of “The NAPPY,” a podcast that discusses solutions to community problems and tools for community empowerment.