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My personal story of discovering who I am. A journey through my life in San Antonio, my travels in the US and abroad, my work as a social justice activist and the DNA discovery I made that changed how I viewed what makes us all “human”. I will also touch on how we can all harness the power of our individual stories to move towards building the communities Dr. King dared us to dream of.


Stephanie Collier is the Social Justice Committee Chair for the National Council of Negro Women, Ruth Jones McClendon section She is a mother, activist, organizer, world traveler, dancer, crafter and a mashup of a cosmo/country/nerd/word girl raised in the South. She previously worked for at&t and her labor union across Texas for 28 years advocating for worker’s rights through representation, community service and legislative activities. She lives between Austin and San Antonio and active with NCNW as well as the San Antonio Branch NAACP and the Interfaith movement. Most recently her work with the Center For Story Based Strategy Innovation Director Felicia Perez won the #5 spot on the 2018 Top Ten Social Justice Meme list. She also hosted a Black Panther FanActivistCon Twitter Chat sponsored by CSS and NetRoots Nation which brought together Black comic nerds and community organizers across Twitter to discuss themes in the blockbuster movie and how they could be brought to life. When she is not out advocating for social justice she is being Mom to 2 wonderful teenagers, traveling the world, dancing to the latest urban ballroom music or whipping up delicacies for friends and family. Her next big adventure is getting her family farm working again after a 50 year hiatus.