Denia Smith

She Shall Speak
Belle Mead, NJ

Denia Brielle Smith (she/her) is a nationally recognized activist, grassroots organizer, and public speaker dedicated to intertwining law, digital media, and community organizing for social good. She is a junior at American University studying political science and African American studies while receiving a certificate in advanced leadership studies. Her activism began in June 2020 when she organized a #BlackLivesMatter march garnering 1,000 attendees. From mobilizing students for education justice to advancing gender equity on the international stage, Denia is committed to ensuring that communities that are often overlooked in decision-making are centered at decision-making tables, impacting future generations. Denia has used her voice in advisory capacities with the United Nations Foundation's Girl Up campaign, PERIOD. Inc, and Harvard Graduate School of Education's Making Caring Common initiative to advance racial and gender justice. As the founder and host of She Shall Speak, Denia facilitates conversations on Black womanhood, leadership, and social impact to a global audience spanning 25 U.S. states and 20 countries. Denia has embarked on professional experiences in the Office of the Vice President of the United States at The White House, the Office of Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman in the U.S. House of Representatives, PolicyLink, and the African American Policy Forum to explore how government systems can be leveraged in favor of communities who are often underrepresented by the government. Deemed a “future history maker” by the United Nations Foundation, Denia aspires to pursue a J.D./MPA and enter the field of civil rights advocacy. 

What does The Power of Us mean to you?


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The Power of Us means that we must lift as we climb, bringing future generations and historically silenced populations alongside us in our journey toward a more liberated future.

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