Reverend Mariama White-Hammond
Associate Minister for Ecological Justice, Bethel AME Church, Bethel AME Church
Mariama White-Hammond was born and raised in Boston. Having been involved with Project HIP-HOP (Highways Into the Past—History, Organizing, and Power) throughout high school and college, she became its executive director in September 2001, where she served when recognized as a Barr Fellow in 2009. For her work at Project HIP-HOP, she received the 2004 Roxbury Founder's Day Award and, along with youth at Project HIP-HOP, received the 2005 Boston Celtics "Heroes Among Us" Award.
Mariama is also involved with a number of other organizations in Boston, including the South End/Lower Roxbury Youthworkers Alliance. She received a certificate in youth work through the B.E.S.T. Initiative Youth Worker Training and a certificate in trauma response from the Children's Trauma Recovery Foundation. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree at the Boston University School of Theology.