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Sekou Coleman

Sekou Coleman

Cultural Activist and Staff Member of Word on the Street

Sekou Coleman​ is an artist, cultural activist and youth advocate who was raised in a culture of
community and service. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, where he majored in
Music, and worked afterwards as a community organizer fostering collaboration in and between
the city’s most marginalized neighborhoods. His professional experience spans more than two
decades and includes everything from songwriting and sound engineering to youth program
development, website and interactive media creation, software training, film production, project
management and more. Presently, in addition to being the producer for Beneath The Veneer, an
independent documentary about young black men navigating multigenerational trauma and
systemic inequity, Sekou is the project manager for the Southside Arts and Agriculture
Center​, a collaborative community initiative to foster food security and cultural arts events in
Asheville’s historic black Southside neighborhood. He also mentors youth and develops
strategic partnerships for Word On The Street/La Voz De Los Jovenes, a bilingual youth
magazine run by teens of color, and is a core member of CoThinkk,​ an innovative giving circle
dedicated to supporting leaders and communities of color in Western NC. Sekou is a proud
board member for Journeymen​ (a community of men who mentor adolescent boys on their
journey to becoming men of integrity), Asheville FM​ (a volunteer based grassroots community
radio station) and Bountiful Cities ​(an organization dedicated to teaching sustainable
agriculture skills in urban environments).