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Hanifa Nayo Washington is an award winning cultural activist, storyteller, singer songwriter, performing artist, and

a certified Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Master Practitioner who graduated from Beloit College in 2001 with a B.A. in

Communications & Russian & Soviet Studies. For 15+ years Hanifa worked in the nonprofit sector including leading

youth development programs, co-founding a food justice cooperative, and engaging in seven years of at-sea

education programs both domestic and abroad. In 2014, Hanifa narrowed her focus to social justice through the arts.

As a cultural activist Hanifa views her creativity as a radical tool for inspiring liberation, healing, and community building. Hanifa is a Founding Practitioner of One Village Healing that launched in April of 2019. She also currently works with Co-Creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations (CEIO), Beyond Diversity 101, and is a leader of the New Haven Community Leadership Program. Hanifa served as an Inspiring Equity in Education Arts Fellow at the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund from 2017-2018.


In 2017 she released her 3rd album Mantras for the Revolution. In December 2018 Hanifa received a Phenomenal

Women Arts Award from the Arts Council of Greater New Haven for her contributions and achievements in the arts. 



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Photo Credits Lotta Studio & Luci McClure

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