BIO

Kibibi Tyehimba

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Kibibi Tyehimba is skilled in program development and management, event organizing, and funds management.  She is a lifetime member of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA), has served in the organization’s leadership positions at the city, region, and national levels and has successfully organized numerous events designed to increase support for reparations.

From 2005-2009 she served as N’COBRA’s National Female Co-Chair, organizing major events that increased support for reparations, increased coalition membership, and raised funds for coalition operations. She mobilized direct action events that confronted corporations with documented history of profiting from the enslavement of African people in the US and chaired monthly Board of Directors meetings.

 

From 2002 – 2004 she served as N’COBRA’s National Legislative Commission Co-Chair, and succeeded in developing and expanding local, state, regional, and national legislative strategies to gain support for African descendants’ demand for reparations.  She organized events to gain support for the H.R.40 federal reparations bill, Congressional members’ sponsorship of H.R. 40., and local and state resolutions supporting H.R.40 and reparations.  She frequently collaborated with H.R. 40 Sponsor Congressman John Conyers' office and ensured that the annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Week included Reparations Brain Trusts that increased reparations awareness and support.  The Brain Trusts featured reparations activists and organizers, historians, and specialists focusing on injury areas substantiating the demand for reparations.   

From 2001 – 2010 as the Washington DC chapter female Co-Chair, Ms. Tyehimba regularly organized forums to raise awareness and support for reparations and increase coalition membership.  Between 2001 and 2004 she hosted large monthly town hall meetings, as well as two National Coalition Conventions that included major rallies attended by over 1500 people, featuring prominent local/national/international Black activists.  All forums provided opportunities to connect the dots between various human and civil rights activists’ and organizers’ work and the injury areas that substantiated the demand for reparations.  

On December 18, 2007, Ms. Tyehimba, as female Co-Chair, provided testimony on behalf of N’COBRA on “The Legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, The African Descendants’ Just Demand For Reparations, And the Need For Passage Of House Resolution 40,” before the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

She was a delegate to the African and African Descendants World Conference in Bridgetown, Barbados to address reparations issues stemming from the 2001 United Nations World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa.