Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Najya Williams is a poet, filmmaker and performing artist. She recently graduated with High Honors from the Harvard College. Throughout her academic career, Najya has committed herself to academic excellence and community involvement.

Najya advocates for prioritizing self-care and self-preservation, especially in the Black community. Some of her commentary and personal reflections about the importance of self-care can be found on her blog and several online publications, including Black Youth Project, ForHarriet, We are the 94 Percent, Spoken Black Girl, Miss Millennia Mag, Black Girls in Om, and Healing Points. Having released her debut poetry chapbook, Cotton, a look through her eyes as a young, Afro-Caribbean woman living in America, Najya is more than excited to fuel a fire that is so desperately needed in the world we live in today.

A born leader, fearless community advocate, and woman of faith, Najya plans to allow nothing to stand in the way of her dreams, and she hopes to continue changing minds, hearts and souls one word at a time.

You can find her on Instagram via @NajyaWilliams.

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