Join Us for our special Native American Heritage Month Celebration with keynote speaker, YoNasDa Lonewolf!
In partnership with Northwestern University’s Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion and Multicultural Student Affairs, come meet Queen Yonasda (Black and Oglala Lakota) as she shares how her identity intersects with her involvement in activism across different movements. Queen Yonasda Lonewolf is a Human Rights Activist, National Organizer, Public Speaker, Rap Artist, and Published Writer.
There will be two special presentations:
Friday, November 3rd from 2:00-3:30pm at Northwestern University, 610 Haven St, Great Room, Evanston, IL 60201
Saturday, November 4th from 2:30-4:00pm at South Shore Chicago Public Library, 2505 E 73rd Street, Chicago, IL 60649
Queen YoNasDa (Yo-Naja-Ha) LoneWolf , born in 1977 in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Chicago, IL. Her roots reach back to her Native American tradition and the Nation of Islam, her mother, a Lakota (Sioux) and father, a fine artist from Brooklyn, NY. She is a Mother of two sons. Queen YoNasDa is a living example of the saying “No Nation Can Rise Higher Than Its Woman”. Currently, she is a Noted Public Speaker, Curator, Artist and Activist. Being self-driven she is living her divine calling from her early beginnings in the entertainment industry as a choreographer for BET’S own Teen Summit to her most recent work as Frontline Activist & Voice against the Oil Pipeline building on the sacred native lands in Standing Rock, South Dakota.
Dig a Little deeper in to her resume and you will find Queen YoNasDa is the National Director for the Indigenous Nations Alliance-Millions More Movement. Queen YoNasDa was the brainchild behind #BMoreYouthRise and the National Stop the Killing rallies and marches after two of her friends were killed by police brutality. She organized cities from Phoenix, AZ to Baltimore,MD and was asked by the family of Mike Brown Jr in Ferguson, MO to speak at his 1 year anniversary. Which her electrifying speech made it on all international media platforms and she was featured in Elle Magazine (France) as one of the women in the Black Lives Matter Movement that is changing America.
When Queen YoNasDa is not protesting in the streets you can catch her speaking to college students on BET’s Rap It Up tour. Since 2006, she has directed entertainment panel discussions at various colleges and universities and at the annual Nation of Islam conference called Saviours Day with over 100,000 people. This truth-teller is a published writer who has a weekly column in the Final Call Newspaper and is now bringing her artistry to the world. She started a cultural tour called “Rez Tours” which she opens cultural tours to Indigenous communities to learn more about the culture of Indigenous people. She has hosted a radio show on Chuck D Rapstation.com and Atlanta’s Voice of the People radio. In October 2015 she was a special guest on Power 105’s The Breakfast Club where she spoke on “Indigenous Peoples Day.” She spearheaded a 32 & a 64 city fundraise raising events called Hip Hop 4 Haiti, and Hip Hop 4 Flint 2016. This month her work has taken her to The Roland Martin Radio show, V103 Ryan Cameron Morning Show and Real Talk with Rashad Richey CBS Radio. She is also in the process of completing her memoir and a children’s book series called, “The Adventures of Star Song.” To YoNasDa “Queen” is not just a word, it is a calling and she’s rising to the occasion.