My Audacious Quest For Justice

Memoirs of Nkechi Taifa

Can you confront the injustice and hypocrisies of society and still survive it? Can you be a "Woke Black Girl Magic Superwoman" and still have personal frailties? Can you challenge the dominant culture while remaining true to your political and spiritual beliefs, don an African name, keep your hair in its natural state, maintain a quality family life, and still kick ass?

Black Power, Black Lawyer describes the rebellious journey of a young woman coming of age during the Black Power era and the social justice lawyer she becomes.



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Nkechi Taifa is Founder, Principal and CEO of The Taifa Group LLC, a social enterprise firm whose mission is to advance justice. She also convenes the Justice Roundtable, a broad network of advocacy groups advancing progressive justice system reform, and serves as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Justice at Columbia University. Nkechi Taifa is the published author of several books for youth, Shining Legacy, The Adventures of Kojo and Ama, and Three Tales of Wisdom.  Attorney Taifa is also the author of numerous scholarly works, including law review articles, book chapters, and articles.  

Nkechi is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. She received her Juris Doctorate from George Washington University Law School and graduated magna cum laude from Howard University. She is the proud mother of a daughter, Mariama Taifa-Seitu.

  • National Association for Public Defense Conference
    Virtual Conference
    Mar 18, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
    Virtual Conference
    Plenary Speaker
  • Civil Commitment Forum
    Feb 28, 7:00 PM
  • FAMMilies in Action Heart-to-Heart Facebook & YouTube Live
    Jan 28, 2:00 PM
    Where the Biden Administration stands on criminal justice
  • Podcast with African American Leadership Forum, Dr. Sylvia Bartley
    Jan 13, 7:00 PM
  • Malcolm X Grassroots Movement - Real Talk With Revolutionary Writers
    Online Event
    Nov 18, 2020, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
    Online Event
    An Evening discussing significant issues facing the Black Community with Revolutionary Writers: Dr. Akinyele Umoja, Atty. Nkechi Taifa, Dr. Errol Henderson, Dr. Michael Simanga Sister Asha Bandele and Dr. Edward Onaci
  • Northeastern Law Lynching: Reparations as Restorative Justice Conference
    Online Event
    Nov 17, 2020, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST
    Online Event
    A conference on reparations for the descendants of lynching victims
  • 16th Annual National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair
    Online Event
    Nov 13, 2020, 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM EST
    Online Event
    Featured Keynote Speaker
  • Raben Group Book Talk - Featured Guest: Nkechi Taifa
    Online Event
    Oct 22, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
    Online Event
    Raben Group Book Talk's special one-on-one chat with Nkechi Taifa on her new book and what drives her commitment to advancing justice. YouTube live event.
  • African Heritage Studies Association
    Online Event
    Oct 15, 2020, 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
    Online Event
    Taifa interviewed by Professor Greg Carr at African Heritage Studies Association conference. Free Registration.
  • National Conference of Black Lawyers Conference
    New York, NY, USA
    Oct 08, 2020, 7:00 PM EDT – Oct 10, 2020, 7:00 PM EDT
    New York, NY, USA
  • Wednesday Wisdom Lecture Series: Black Power Black Lawyer
    Thurgood Marshall Center / IKG
    Aug 19, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Thurgood Marshall Center / IKG, 1816 12th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
  • National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice Conference: “Justice or Just Us”
    New Orleans, LA, USA
    Jul 14, 2020, 6:00 PM
    New Orleans, LA, USA
  • N’COBRA National Conference
    Selma, AL, USA
    Jun 26, 2020, 9:00 AM – Jun 28, 2020, 1:00 PM
    Selma, AL, USA
  • CANCELED: “Lynching: Reparations as Restorative Justice”
    Northeastern University
    Apr 27, 2020, 9:00 AM – Apr 28, 2020, 3:00 PM
    Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115, USA
  • CANCELED: SNCC 60th Anniversary Conference
    Omni Shoreham Hotel
    Apr 18, 2020, 6:00 PM EDT
    Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
  • CANCELED: National Association of Black Social Workers Conference
    Detroit, MI, USA
    Apr 16, 2020, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
    Detroit, MI, USA
  • Canceled: Moderator, Pre and Post Opera discussions of “BLUE”
    Kennedy Center Washington National Opera
    Mar 15, 2020, 7:00 PM – Mar 28, 2020, 10:00 PM
    Kennedy Center Washington National Opera, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566, USA
  • Moderator, Beyond the Bars Conference
    Columbia University Center for Justice
    Mar 05, 2020, 9:00 AM – Mar 07, 2020, 8:00 AM
    Columbia University Center for Justice, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027, USA


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