Anika Nailah is an author, poet, educator, and speaker. As a Native African American, she has been co-designing creative approaches to issues of social justice with individuals and groups for more than 25 years.

Inspired by Lisa Gay Hamilton’s film Beah: A Black Woman Speaks, Anika’s National Liberation Poetry Tour was a one-woman poetry performance experience that traveled across America to coffee houses, juvenile detention centers, community centers/art spaces, colleges/universities, and bookstores.

National Liberation Poetry Tour Experience: What Is It?, Part I

Listen to Anika talk about the power of her work and its impact on an audience.

The Tour experience invites audiences to participate in liberating themselves from the damaging thoughts and actions of racism in America.

What People Are Saying…

“When Anika performs her poems, her words rise up from the ground through her feet and body into her voice. The feeling of authenticity is powerful. She calls us to be fully present and awake.” – Mary R.

“Anika’s performance is riveting, and her poetic voice strong. I felt awakened, challenged and inspired.” – Anne Y