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Thu Oct 8, 2020, 12:00 AM

NEW FLIPPABLE: Mokah Jasmine Johnson for GA-HD117

Mokah Jasmine Johnson has lived in Athens, Georgia, for seven years. She and her husband, Knowa, have a blended family of seven children and she is the “glamma” of five grandchildren. A social entrepreneur, Mokah channels the connective and transformative powers of the arts to educate and empower.

An immigrant, Mokah moved with her family from Jamaica in the early ‘80s for better opportunities and is a naturalized citizen.

Upon arriving in Athens, she founded the Athens Hip-Hop Awards, which showcases the work of local artists. She also founded the Athens MLK Day Parade and Music Fest and co-produces the Athens in Harmony Concert, where artists from diverse backgrounds come together to make music. Through the Swadeshi Black Market and Co-op, Mokah promotes local, minority-owned businesses. She is the founder of VIP Girls and the Hip-Hop Director for Girls Rock, two programs that build self-esteem and encourage creativity through mentorship and dance.

Three years ago, Mokah was called to activism in response to repeated allegations of discrimination by bars and business owners in downtown Athens. She co-founded the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) to help citizens protect their civil and human rights and create a more inclusive environment. AADM’s End School-to-Prison Pipeline initiative is designed to reduce juvenile incarceration and high school dropout rates. Under Mokah’s leadership, AADM has educated hundreds of her neighbors on local issues and mobilized them to advocate for policy reform. Through this group, Mokah has led successful campaigns to end cash bail locally and to update the anti-discrimination ordinance in Athens-Clarke County.

Mokah has 10 years of experience as an educator, and for four years worked as an Adult GED Educator at Athens Technical College. Working with the local public school system, Mokah has led youth development workshops and “Know Your Rights” seminars. By organizing and leading discussions and forums on topics including community-policing and race relations, Mokah works to build unity and understanding.

She has served on the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections, former Mayor Nancy Denson’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce, and the Athens-Clarke County Solicitor General’s pre-arrest diversion program.


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