Ainka Sanders Jackson
Ainka Jackson is the Executive Director of the Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth and Reconciliation at Healing Waters Retreat Center. She was previously the Metro Guardian ad Litem for the Metro Nashville Public Defender's Office, where she represented children who have been abused or neglected. Prior to that position, she was a Department of Children's Services Case Manager, a teacher and an Assistant Public Defender, adult division. She has witnessed how these systems connect and feed into one another. For four years she received weekly nonviolence training with Rev. James Lawson. Born in Montgomery, Alabama and raised in Selma, Alabama, she appreciates that every successful legal and legislative movement required a people movement. Therefore, she also helps organize students, parents and the faith community to address the over-representation of black and brown children in the juvenile justice system and being pushed out of school, as well as mass incarceration. As a co-founder of the Nashville Campaign to End the New Jim Crow, she has helped organize Mass Incarceration forums for Judicial, District Attorney and mayoral Candidates. Jackson also recently was one of the organizers and presenters for the Revisioning Justice Conference at Vanderbilt University where Michelle Alexander, Bryan Stevenson and Howard Zehr were keynote speakers. She was the Vice President of the Children’s Defense Fund Nashville Freedom School Partnership Board and also a leader on the Criminal Justice/Mass Incarceration taskforce for Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) and presented at the largest mayoral forum Nashville has ever had. She is a graduate of Spelman College and Vanderbilt Law School.