Green Festival Speakers

Damali Ayo



Ayo is one of our culture's most creative thinkers on issues of race relations. She is the creator of The National Day of Panhandling for Reparations and rentanegro.com. Author of How to Rent a Negro, and the forthcoming Obamistan! Land Without Racism: Your Guide to the New America, Ayo has been teaching practical steps to end racism at venues across the U.S. for more than fifteen years.

I have seen that change starts with people, relationships and courage. This fuels my passion for connecting people with resources and information to help them be all they can be, states Ayo.

An avid gardener and herbalist, Ayo strives to live a life in harmony with principles of sustainability. She practices yoga regularly and incorporates yoga philosophy into her work and life. She is a certified personal trainer, Reiki master and yoga instructor.

Strongly committed to discovering the connections between social issues, in 2008, Ayo created the first slidingscale ecoclothing company CROW Clothing to rave reviews and happy customers.

She sees a strong link between racial justice and the environment. Redbook Magazine

Ayo lives in Portland, OR with her blind adopted dog Stevie.