Anita EarlsAnita Earls, Founder and Executive Director, Southern Coalition for Social Justice

Anita Earls is the founder and Executive Director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. Growing up in a mixed-race family, Earls recognized early on the racial inequalities that were present in her own community, watching her father earn less as a urological technician than his white counterparts. Anita went on to attend Williams College, where she became involved in the Student Anti-Apartheid Coalition, the Center for Development Economics and other organizations that nourished her commitment to social equality and civil rights. Since then, Earls has become an experienced civil rights attorney. After a stint working for the Department of Justice, Earls returned to NC, eventually founding the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, an organization that believes that families and communities engaged in social justice struggles need a team of lawyers, social scientists, community organizers and media specialists to support them in their efforts to dismantle structural racism and oppression.

 

The entire interview is available in the Duke Human Rights Archive.
The Story of Anita Earls: A Short Video by Ester Kim