President of the African National Women's Organization
As President, Yejide is responsible for the international growth of ANWO by creating initiatives that respond to the economic, social conditions that remove African women from revolutionary political life.
Under her leadership, ANWO has built branches and established membership in the United States, Africa and Europe.
Through Yejide’s travels to Africa, South America, the Caribbean, Europe and within the borders of the United States; she has seen the effects of colonialism on African people and the specific oppression that African women face and is committed to help organize and destroy barriers to the full participation of our women in the Revolution.
ANWO has been organizing against the state sponsored kidnapping of African children and criminalization of African parents through its campaign ArrestCPS; Black women and their relationship to the Prison system as prisoners and as supporters of incarcerated persons, anti-African dress code policies in schools, and horizontal violence.
Yejide is the creator of ANWOs DeColonaise: Hair and Body skincare brand which is the organization’s main economic development project. DeColonaise’s products remedy everything from dry skin to eczema. The brand uses quotes on its packaging to encourage conversations about wellness and freedom.
Yejide is the mother of an amazing young woman and resides in the Washington D.C. metro area.
Chairman of the African People's Socialist Party (APSP)
In 1968 Chairman Yeshitela founded The Burning Spear newspaper that continues to be published today. Throughout the years Yeshitela has authored numerous books, pamphlets and articles, including his latest book, Vanguard: The Advanced Detachment of the African Revolution.
In 1972, Yeshitela formed the African People’s Socialist Party which he chairs. He built the worldwide Uhuru Movement and the African Socialist International with branches now active in the U.S., Europe, the Caribbean and on the continent of Africa.
Yeshitela's African People's Socialist Party created the African National Women's Organization (ANWO) as a vehicle for African women to contend against the special oppression faced under modern colonialism.
Rose Marie Bey
Rose Marie Bey, life recovery expert, author, and “hood healer,” is healing the world from F-Boy trauma one sister at a time. Inspired by the recent spike in black female disappearances and homicides (known as “black femicide”), Bey, was inspired to take a careful look not at the violence itself, but instead examine the root cause — the toxic dynamic between black male and female relations within the black community fueled by what she calls “F-Boy Culture.” Upon her discovery of this subculture, she was divinely inspired to write her third book entitled, “Just Focus on Yourself, Sis: 10 Days, 10 ways to Recover from and Repel F-Boy Energy.” Bey wrote the book from scratch in just 14 days and hasn’t looked back.
She has since hit the speaking circuit spreading the message of black female empowerment, accountability, and healing. “Just give me 10 days, and I’ll give you the building blocks for an entirely new outlook and life…” she proclaims. Each day builds on the wisdom of the last, covering thought-provoking, transformational topics like “Forgiving Your Father, the First F-Boy You’ve Ever Loved”, “Preparing For Your Best Love”, and “Audit Your Tribe.” She leaves no stone unturned.
Bey is a proud millennial, wife-in-waiting, mother, 3x author, and self-proclaimed "hood evangelist.”
She’s on a mission to heal broken hearts, repair broken identities, love society’s forgotten, and challenge the philosophy of the millennial generation. She can be found traveling the Midwest educating and equipping audiences with the technology needed to break toxic generational cycles and remove cultural limitations. Bey does all of this under the umbrella of her organization The Life Recovery Project.
Director of Agitation and Propaganda for the African People's Socialist Party
President of the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement
She has served as the international president of the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM) since 2014 which has membership in Africa, the U.S., and Europe. She is also the Chairwoman and driving creative force behind UZI Custom Clothing.
She is the mother of two beautiful little girls.
Dr. Aisha Fields
Director, All African People's Development and Empowerment Project (AAPDEP)
Dr. Aisha Fields is an applied optical physicist and International Director of the All African People’s Development & Empowerment Project (AAPDEP). As the AAPDEP Director, Aisha serves on the National Central Committee of the African People’s Socialist Party.
Haiti Editor, The Burning Spear Newspaper
ANWO ArrestCPS Parent Coordinator
Demetria Hester is a 48-year-old African, grandmother, mother, aunt, sister and friend originally from Memphis Tennessee currently living in Portland, OR. She is a longtime activist, fighting for justice. In 2012 Demetria was victimized by Washington CPS when her two children were removed from her care. She spent 3 years entangled in the CPS system, finally winning back custody in 2015. Traumatized by this experience Demetria is committed to contributing toward the destruction of the parasitic CPS institution. She is a Firm believer in Black community control and is organizing under ANWOs leadership to expose CPS state-sponsored kidnappings as a crime in Portland Oregon and beyond. Demetria is a member of the African People’s Socialist Party and a member of ANWOs ArrestCPS national committee as the family consultant, InPDUM member and Black Is Back member and a Uhuru Pies Volunteer.
She fought against white nationalist, Jeremy Christian, who in 2017 assaulted her on the train the day before he killed 2 people and wounded 1 person that was standing up to protect 2 African girls that were being attacked verbally by him. She also testified in 2018 to get Bill SB577 passed so there would be a hate crime law in Portland Oregon. She’s always been on the front line fighting for African Liberation. She will continue to fight and nothing will stop her. The African revolution is here and we can’t be stopped.
Michelle "Mwezi" Odom
Chair, AAPDEP Mental Health Committee
Michelle “Mwezi” Odom is a counseling educator and professional counselor with over 7 years of teaching experience at the graduate level teaching and training students in a community-based multicultural counseling education program that prepares Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors.
Mwezi has over 10 years experience serving in the fields of K-12 education and social services combined. She joined the Uhuru movement in 2020, is a member of the African People’s Socialist Party, and it’s mass organizations: InPDUM, ANWO and AAPDEP where she sits on the Healthcare Committee; serves as the Interim Economic Development Coordinator; and also chairs the Mental Health committee, which is responsible for developing mental health programs, returning her skills for the African working class. Mwezi is also a former athlete, and the mother of two beautiful daughters!
Ona Zene' Yeshitela
President, African People's Education and Defense Fund
Deputy Chair shoulders the responsibility to grow the African People’s Socialist Party’s Economic Front and provides economic programs for the masses of African people.
Deputy Chair Ona Zene’ has been a force of nature since assuming this position only nine years ago. When she declared that the African People’s Education and Defense Fund was the “Baddest Non-Profit on the Planet” we knew we were going somewhere!
She has provided the vision and leadership for expanding all of the Party’s economic campaigns and institutions such as:
Black Star Industries, One Africa, One Nation Marketplaces, the Africans One Billion Strong Donor Campaign, Uhuru Foods & Pies, the Uhuru Houses/Akwaaba Hall and the Uhuru Furniture and Collectible stores.
DC Ona also led in the development of new institutions such as:
Zenzele’ Consignment: Confident=Revolutionary-Style,
UZI: A Thread of Freedom,
NZO: African Style At Home and Abroad,
Uhuru Design Studio, nfiniti match Speed Dating, and many, many more.
She have developed and trained African leadership; promoting and rebranding all the Party institutions and economic campaigns with a clear African message, our institutions are contending with the colonial economy----they represent dual and contending power.
Deputy Chair Ona has carried out the vision of Chairman Omali Yeshitela and is the Architect of the Black Power Blueprint. DC Ona has been on the ground in St. Louis acquiring and renovating abandoned black community properties and creating programs and institutions for economic and political power in the hands of the African working class.
Deputy Chair’s bold vision has led to the development of all the institutions of the Party, some of which were established up to 40 years ago. She has brought vision and science all areas of work and stands as a champion of the African revolution.
Under DC Ona Zene’s leadership the Party is building a foundation of a liberated African economy!
InPDUM / ANWO ArrestCPS
Co-Founder, Operation Stop CPS
ANWO Occupied Azania
Hada Dioula Longi
ANWO Uhuru Kijiji Childcare Collective Coordinator
DeColonaise Social Media Coordinator
Najah Fleary is a pre-nursing student interning with ANWOs DeColonaise Hair and Body project as the Social Media Coordinator. At 24, Najah is also the CEO of EnVane Apparel Company which is an online retail store that caters to young women.
All African People's Development and Empowerment Project