State Press Weekly: Equality and education

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Week of February 25

SP Weekly speaks with artist and author Fatimah Halim about how to improve racial relations in 2013 with in our local community and how she believes more schools need to focus on the importance of the arts in school.

Fatimah Halim began her professional life in New York City as back-up singer for Laura Nyro and recorded with Jimi Hendrix as a member of Ghettofighters. She is a performer, an author and a mentor to young women for over twenty years in Arizona through the facilitation of the Rites of Passage Programs for Phoenix youth, her “Blueprint for Womenhood” series as well as her her Journey Home Program.

Halim has received many distinguished awards for her commitment and passion for youth and minority communities in Arizona including this year’s ASU West Pioneer Award for excellence in the community and is an alumna of ASU.