Every #BlackHistoryMonth, I feature friends that are making a difference in their community.
Michelle Janaye Nealy, Leader, Writer, Hope Dealer
Michelle Janaye Nealy is a writer, videographer, communications director and nonprofit leader residing in Washington, D.C. She currently serves as co-founder and assistant director of The (Helping Others Pursue Education) H.O.P.E. Scholarship Initiative, a non-profit organization designed to empower college students facing financial difficulties.
Formerly a senior communications associate for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Ms. Nealy has worked tirelessly to advance the cause of freedom, justice and equality in the areas of voting rights, health, criminal justice reform, and education in underserved communities throughout the United States. Previously a reporter for The Associated Press, Ms. Nealy has written stories chronicling some of the most important issues of the 21st century, including immigration, gun violence, gun control, death penalty disparities and educational inequities across the country. Her work has been featured in newspapers such as The Times Picayune and The Washington Times, and magazines like Heart and Soul, Diversity & the Bar, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education and Black Enterprise.
In 2014, Michelle launched the I Love Howard Campaign, a giving initiative for students, alumni and black college supporters who have benefited from the Howard University experience. To date, the campaign has raised $10,000 for the institution.
A rising talent in the sphere of advocacy and millennial philanthropy, Ms. Nealy speaks frequently on the issues related to diversity, development, leadership higher education, African-American history, and the media.
Ms. Nealy received a master’s degree in multimedia journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park, and earned a bachelor’s degree from the illustrious Howard University. When she is not fighting the powers that be, Ms. Nealy can be found running through the six with her woes.
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