Black Women Leaders Tell their Stories this Sunday

Courtesy photos &nbsp&nbsp Alameda Library welcomes local leaders in a panel discussion this Sunday, Feb. 24. Panelists include, top to bottom: Christine Chilcott, CEO of a local non-profit; Ardella Dailey, sitting Alameda Unified School District Trustee and Vickie Smith, longtime local activist. The event will be moderated by journalist Akilah Monifa.

Black Women Leaders Tell their Stories this Sunday

Three accomplished Alameda Black women leaders will discuss their lives and careers during a panel discussion at the Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St., on Sunday, Feb. 24, in celebration of Black History Month. The discussion will take place from 2 to 4 p.m.  The three panelists are:

  • Christine Chilcott, CEO of Girls Inc. of the Island City; only Black person currently operating a non-profit in Alameda.
  • Ardella J. Dailey, Ed.D., Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) trustee; assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership in the College of Education and Allied Studies, Cal State East Bay; first black superintendent of AUSD.
  • Vickie R. Smith: Long-time activist for diversity and equity in schools; founder of Encinal High School Black Student Union while a student; retired Family Support Services Liaison for AUSD.

The discussion will be moderated by Akilah Monifa, also an Alameda resident, who works as an editor and writer for a number of publications and radio outlets. She specializes in current events, sports, media, race, class, sexual orientation, arts and pop culture.

Admission is free. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Alameda Free Library. Learn more about the Friends of the Alameda Free Library at

Ardella Dailey
Vickie Smith
Akilah Monifa