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Cecile Johnson is a Certified UN Human Rights Defender, Master Connect the Dots Researcher, Subject Matter Expert, Trainer, Internationally Known Speaker and Organizational Change Agent.
Cecile is a Co-Facilitator and Signatory of the African Descendant Nation formed October 1, 2017, and co-author of the book, “The Process: Civil Rights to Human Rights.”
She services as
· CEO and Founder of African Development Plan Inc. (ADP),
· Human Rights Defender, Afro-Descendant Institute of Human Rights
· Co-Founder and Vice President of Research and Development, Global Institute of Planning and Sustainable Development
· Co-Founder of Big Mama Movement Chicago
She was the former Secretary of the Board for the National Black Agenda Consortium-Chicago from 2015-2020, and Co-author of the “2016 and 2017 and 2020 National Black Agenda.”
Cecile is an African Centered Researcher/Scholar and Human Rights Defender focused on Self-Determination solutions for Afro-Descendant/Indigenous people locally and internationally. As a “Connect the Dots” researcher, a comprehensive data analysis and a user-friendly approach is applied to describe the crisis impacting the African Descendant/Indigenous community locally, nationally and internationally.
As a Human Rights Defender her work efforts center on educating and empowering colonized and formerly colonized people on how to use data effectively to tell their story. Utilizing International Human Rights law, and a Human Rights framework she dissects the remnants of colonialism and white supremacy as systems that continue to impact them through racist policies and institutions that still exist today. Peeling back the layers and exposing the systems which continue to destabilize them.
As part of a legal team focused on the legal actions needed to facilitate Self Determination for the Afro-Descendant in the USA and the Americas. Educating around the need for a Plebiscite vote and International Conventions which secure our right to be self-determined. What the steps are and what we can expect when we finally move in that direction.
Empowering communities to remove the barriers to growth through a focus on economic development and political empowerment by creating Next Generation Leaders who will facilitate the change. Leaders who understand the challenges and have the courage to implement African Centered ideas based on OUR community’s needs.
Calling for a global African/Aboriginal Centered curriculum in education; restorative health practices tied to natural healing and nutrition; a celebration and restoration of our culture and stimulating change utilizing a human rights framework focused on our Right to Development and our Right to Education that is meaningful to our community.
Her presentations are to stimulate awareness, creating the vision for how we can restore ourselves – the first prong of Reparations – Self Repair. Having a vision allows us to stimulate change and facilitate restorative community, organizational and cultural transformation and for us to create a 100 year African Development Plan, which will usher in the African Descendant’s Renaissance as we take our place firmly in the 21st Century.
· UN Certified Human Rights Defender, American Institute of Human Rights (April 2016)
· M.A. Inner City Studies.School of Education. Northeastern Illinois University – Jacob Caruthers Center for Inner City Studies in Chicago, USA (Dec 2013)
· B.A. Communications, Florida Gulf Coast University. (Dec 2001)
· South Carolina New and Beginning Farmer Program, (May 2019), Clemson University, USDA, NIFA
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