Danielle Atkinson is the founding director of Mothering Justice, a statewide organization working to improve the lives of Michigan families by equipping the next generation of mother activists. Atkinson has extensive experience as a church-based, electoral, and community organizer. She has worked with such organizations as America Votes, State Voices, Population Connection and ACORN.
In 2012, Atkinson founded Mothering Justice, a leadership development and advocacy organization. To date, Mothering Justice has trained more than 300 women, reached more than 50,000 mothers in voter engagement efforts, led Mama Conversations around Michigan, and drafted the Mamas’ Agenda, a policy priority plan addressing financial stability issues of mothers in Michigan. Atkinson help lead organizing efforts to raise the minimum wage in both Florida and Michigan. Mothering Justice also led the fight to get earned paid sick time in Michigan. Her work organizing mothers won her the 2013 Michigan Organizer of the Year Award.
Atkinson received bachelor’s degrees in political science and sociology from Pfeiffer University and lives in Royal Oak, Michigan, with her husband Frank and their six children.
Eboni Taylor is the Deputy Director of Mothering Justice. In this position, Eboni manages the Mamas’ agenda, acts as chief of staff and co-creates Mothering Justice’s strategic plan. Prior to this position, Eboni co-wrote the Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan’s 2017-18 Public Policy Manual and worked as a public policy fellow at the Skillman Foundation in Detroit, where she managed special public policy projects affecting neighborhoods and children. Eboni has her B.A. and M.P.P. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She serves on the board of directors for the Mary Turner Center for Advocacy and the Eastside Community Network. Mrs. Taylor is also a Community Change Power50 fellow. She lives in Detroit with her supportive husband and precious sons.
Nicole the owner of WhitlowBanks LLC, she offers her expertise in administrative support services. She has an extensive background in administrative services, technical writing and corporate training. Nicole is a native of Detroit, MI.Nicole advocates in her community through volunteering her time with organizations. She has volunteered with Detroit People’s Platform, Restaurant Opportunities Centers of Michigan, Detroit Parent Network, MOSES, The Community Church of Christ and others.
Alexis Sims, Director of Communication
Alexis Bragg is the Director of Communications at Mothering Justice. In this position, Alexis works to ensure that Mothering Justice is viewed as the primary source, disseminator, and conduit of information within this diverse network and member base. Prior to this position, Alexis worked in marketing for startup businesses and technology companies. Alexis has her B.A. from Michigan State University. She serves in the Yorkshire Woods community on Detroit’s eastside.
As organizing director, Nkenge coordinates community conversations with mothers ofcolor to understand what the community needs are, using their life experience to determine what we ask of legislators. Nkenge has an extensive background in community organizing. She served as fundraising chair for Black Live Matter Detroit. She co-organizes a national community baby shower that specifically
Serves black mothers. Before coming to Mothering Justice, Nkenge was employed as a prevention specialist for Intimate Partner Violence and advocated for trafficking survivors who experienced homelessness in Detroit. Nkenge believes that being a black woman is a political experience within itself and organizing mothers of color will create the equitable society activist dream of.
Sharon Brewton received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting in 1982 from Wayne State University. Upon graduation my first professional position was Internal Bank Auditor for First of America, my tenure lasted ten years. Sharon subsequently worked for Gregory Terrell, CPA, periodically, over a period of twenty years performing audits of non -profits and governmental agencies. This experience motivated me to desire a career in the non-profit area. She have extensive managerial experience in governmental and non- profit organizations. Sharon then moved on to work grassroot civic engagement non profit State Voices, because of my passion for progressive civic engagement. She received my MBA in Public Administration in 2011, which my determination motivated me to complete, better late than never. Sharon is currently enjoying semi-retirement which is the best of both worlds for me. It allows me to take care of my grandson and enjoy singing in a national gospel choir and my church choir. Her part time position as an Accountant, for Mothering Justice, continues to fuel my passion for social justice and civic engagement and work with a young, enthusiastic, gifted group of women.
Nicole Denson, Fellowship Facilitator – Movement Fellowship
Nicole Kqueen Denson is a Mother, Daughter, Sister, Detroit Native, International Activist and Warrior. Nicole Denson was born and raised in Detroit. After experiencing Sexual Assault on Michigan State University Campus she dedicated her life’s work to other survivors who have experienced trauma. Kqueen is a national expert in providing advocacy services to marginalized communities with a focus on crisis intervention, counseling and advocacy for survivors of human trafficking and other traumas. She honors the work she provided daily for Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for the aid of the 11,341 unsubmitted “rape kit” survivors in Wayne County, Michigan. In 2017, she organized and led the #MuteRKelly campaign in Detroit. This led to a collaborative Anti-Rape Collective and a signed resolution from Detroit’s City Council to no longer support R.Kelly coming to Detroit. Kqueen defines herself as an unapologetically Black, Queer Womxn. She believes that all survivors of trauma deserve equal rights, respect, dignity, and safety. Kqueen prides herself on being a LGBT advocate centering her “ally” work in particular surrounding the mass killing and discrimination against Transgender Womxn of Color. Her activism has reached the masses via platforms such as HBO, Lifetime and the Washington
Danielle Slaughter, Fellowship Facilitator – Movement Fellowship
Danielle is a Doctoral student (on hiatus) in the Rhetoric and Composition program at Georgia State University. She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in English from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and Georgia State, respectively. She is a Detroit native currently residing in Atlanta with her husband, two sons, and their pet turtle.
Danielle is passionate about the intersections of parenting and social justice. She shares her experiences navigating motherhood while finding her place in the academy on her website, Mamademics. Mamademics also houses her popular blog series,
Raising an Advocate. In 2016, Danielle branched out and created her first online course, RaA 101: Exposing the Three P’s – Privilege, Prejudice, and Pride. Since then, she’s created a monthly Black History curriculum for children 6 and under, and is currently developing a course on Intersectional Feminism, as well as expanding her Black History curriculum for older children.
Danielle currently serves as the Leadership Development Coordinator for Mothering Justice, where acts as the lead facilitator for Mamas’ University, an online fellowship focused on helping moms of color learn to advocate for their family and themselves.
She has a forthcoming essay, “Academia Didn’t Have a Place For Me, So I Made My Own Academy,” in Independent Scholars of the World, an anthology focusing on scholars who have left the academy. She is also working on a book proposal for a memoir focusing on her childhood and parenting. She is represented by Chalberg &
Sam Jorgenson, Fellowship Coordinator – White Woman School
Sam’s roots are in Chicago. Their upbringing in Black and Puerto Rican neighborhoods gave them an early understanding of white supremacy, the immense harm it causes, and the privileges of life in a white body. They spent time in their 20’s working in harm reduction efforts, on the south & west sides, simultaneously working in childcare. Eventually they earned a teaching certification in Early Childhood Ed. As a teacher in Head Start programs on the south side of the city Sam once again saw Black womxn on the front lines in the fight for economic, racial & environmental justice. After moving to Michigan Sam sought to become involved in liberation work and find ways to support other white folks working towards anti-racism. In 2018 they were a part of the first cohort of Mothering Justices’ white woman school, and canvassed for Earned Paid Sick Time. All the while hoping to become involved long term at Mothering Justice. This year they will be assisting in the facilitation of white woman school. As a queer identifying person with young children Sam deeply recognizes and seeks to embody efforts that lead to the liberation of all people, along with reparations for Black and Indigenous people in the
Aisha Wells is the Human Resources Intern for Mothering Justice. In this position Aisha manages employee relations, on-boarding, hiring, and employee benefits. Before working at Mothering Justice, Aisha has interned at the NAACP helping with the freedom fund dinner and monthly membership meetings, and has worked in human resources since 2013. She is also a certified grant writer through Oakland University.Aisha is apart of the Society for Human Resource Management and looks forward to joining National Association for African Americans in HR this summer. She is currently starting her Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Organizational Management in the winter of 2020.
Aisha believes that the key to life is follow your passion and purpose and the success will come.