Alicia M. Walters facilitates transformation through her writing, art, coaching and organizational consulting practice. As the Centering Blackness Fellow at the Insight Center, she is building out the Black Thought Project which transforms public spaces into sanctuaries for the expression of Black thought and is exploring how these interactive community installations can unearth new narratives, put us into right-relationship with each other, and reimagine society in a way that honors everyone’s humanity.
Alicia’s work has long been a practice of centering Blackness for personal and political, cultural and systemic transformation. She is the founder of Echoing Ida which cultivates and uplifts Black women’s thought leadership to shift narratives, as evidenced by the growing collective of more than 30 writers, publishing over 500 articles, a podcast and an anthology of work to be published in Fall 2020.
In the policy realm, she authored groundbreaking legislation to prohibit the shackling of pregnant people in California jails and prisons that has since been replicated across several states. She led the multi-state participatory research project that resulted in Who Pays: the True Cost of Incarceration on Families, which influenced a cultural shift in understanding the damage of incarceration on Black women and families.
She lives, mothers, and builds community on the territory of the Ohlone people in what is also the revolutionary city of Oakland, California.