Rahiel Tesfamariam ’09 MDiv


Rahiel Tesfamariam is an activist, theologian, writer, and speaker. She is the founder of Urban Cusp and a former Washington Post columnist. Rahiel is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale Divinity School, where she was the inaugural William Sloane Coffin, Jr. Scholar for Peace and Justice. At age 23, Rahiel served as editor-in-chief of The Washington Informer newspaper. Rahiel has traveled globally on various delegations and humanitarian projects. She is a recipient of countless fellowships and awards for her social justice and media work. As a leading generational voice, Rahiel has been honored by Black Girls Rock, ranked on The Root 100, featured in Ebony and Revolt TV amongst “Leaders of the New School” and was one of six women Essence named “The New Civil Rights Leaders.” Rahiel’s forthcoming book on reimagining Black liberation in America and throughout the African Diaspora will be published in 2024 by Amistad/HarperCollins.

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