M. Billye Sankofa Waters, Ph.D.
[em / BILL-ee / san-KO-fuh-WAH-ters]
M. Billye Sankofa Waters, Ph.D. (daughter of Mary and Bill) is a Hip Hop generation Blackgirl from the South Side of Chicago who writes her way toward liberation. She is the author of Penetrated Soul: somethingsihadtorelease (2002), We Can Speak for Ourselves: Parent Involvement and Ideologies of Black Mothers in Chicago (2016), and co-editor of Celebrating Twenty Years of Black Girlhood: The Lauryn Hill Reader (with Bettina L. Love & Venus Evans-Winters, 2019.) Her most recent publication Black Storytellers’ Guide to Everyday Liberation (in progress,) is a series of cyphers with folx around the U.S. discussing home, Blackness, Hip Hop, and healing. She grounds her work in justice praxis/liberatory education, Black feminism, CRT, and critical ethnography.
Sankofa Waters is President of Radical Identity Praxis, LLC (which focuses on documenting family stories across the Black diaspora, #blackfolxarerich,) Founding Executive Director of Blackgirl Gold Unapologetic, Inc. (which provides funds for Blackgirls who are undergraduate, graduate students, other/mothers and community servants, #bearesource.)
She attended Howard University and Olive Harvey City College, earned her Bachelors at Columbia College Chicago (Fiction Writing/Black World Studies,) and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Education.) She began formally working in various education spaces in 1998 and has been teaching faculty in Schools of Education since 2012. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Washington Tacoma.
See also: wife, Black boy mom, traveler, art collector, Marvel enthusiast, Delta, Hilman College alumnae & star chaser.