Every Black History Month, I feature friends that are making a difference in their community. Black history is today!
KHYLA CRAINE, Attorney and Activist.
She is an Assistant General Counsel at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Headquarters. The Ann Arbor, Michigan native is a graduate of Howard University School of Law and South Carolina State University. As an undergraduate student at South Carolina State, she was known for being politically and socially active and for encouraging her fellow students to be engaged citizens. After obtaining her degree in 2004, Ms. Craine worked as a registered nurse in Nashville, Tennessee for several years before stepping out to pursue her passion of social justice, full time. While at Howard Law, Ms. Craine focused on civil rights and non-profit work while interning with the U.S. Department of Justice–Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). In May 2014, Ms. Craine delivered the keynote address at The Maryland State Bar Association and the Citizenship-Law Related Education Program’s annual Law Day conference.
This conference brings students from across the state to educate and inspire them to participate in democratic process. Additionally, Ms. Craine has participated in events sponsored by the National Bar Association, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, and Howard University School of Law to speak about police brutality, community participation and engagement, and Stand Your Ground Laws. While in law school at Howard University, Ms. Craine was a featured guest of The Daily Drum with Harold Fisher on WHUR-FM. Recently, Ms Craine published an article entitled Returning Citizens: How Shifting Law and Policy in Maryland Will Help Citizens Who return from Incarceration in the University of Baltimore Law School’s Law Forum.
Her activism extends through membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., NAACP, and the National and American Bar Associations. Currently, Ms. Craine is the Chair-Elect of the National Bar Association, Young Lawyers’ Division (NBA YLD). In this role, Ms. Craine focuses on empowering young lawyers to be involved in voting rights and racial profiling issues in their local community. In 2014, as co-chair of the Social Activism committee of the NBA YLD, she penned two articles for The Root about the Jordan Davis murder trial. Khyla D. Craine, Esq. Justice For Jordan | The Root Khyla D. Craine, Esq. the NBA Honors Jordan Davis | The Root . Ms. Craine strives to embody late-Charles Hamilton Houston’s social engineering principles within the 21st Century context.
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