Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Ahya Simone

Ahya Simone is a Detroit-based harpist, singer, performance artist, and filmmaker. She earned her degree from Wayne State where she was the principal harpist for the Wayne State University Wind Symphony in 2011. She has performed extensively in Detroit, nationally and internationally and her versatile approach to harp and vocals ranges from classical, experimental,electronic, R&B, and soul. She is also a creator of an upcoming fictional web series, Femme Queen Chronicles, about the lives of 4 Black trans women in Detroit.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

Mass Freedom Presents: FRED Talks

FRED Talks (Facing Race, Elevating Democracy) are videos produced at local events where activists and leaders share their stories and effective strategies for change. The stories and lived experiences of those most impacted by Mass Criminalization and Immigration are the foundations from which we weave our Movements. In order to shift narratives and break down systems of oppression we must amplify the voices of those who are leading the work.

FRED talks serve as a platform, a political education tool and a point of unapologetic connection. We are called to lean in, listen, teach and learn from the legacies of those who have innovated and upheld our Movements while creating a path for the change makers still to come.


Speakers: Roksana Mun, Marlon Peterson, Tawana Petty, Candi Brings Plenty, Ahya Simone, Kiera Dixson, Isa Noyola, Mama Rhonda Anderson