Black History Boston: Aba Taylor
Aba Taylor has spent the last two decades engaged in social justice as an educator, facilitator, organizer, consultant, and nonprofit executive. From working internationally at the United Nations, to conducting civil rights trainings all over the United States, to leading high impact social justice organizations and efforts, Aba has committed herself to building the capacity and leadership of organizations dedicated to social transformation.
Currently, Aba is the Racial Equity and Training Practice Lead at Interaction Institute for Social Change where she supports individuals, groups, organizations and networks in building their capacity to pursue racial equity and social justice. Prior to that she was the executive director of a local grassroots nonprofit focused on community diversity, equity, and inclusion. As the only daughter of immigrants, Aba was born and raised in the Boston neighborhoods of Roxbury and Hyde Park, and at an early age saw and experienced the impact of social and global inequities.
Curious about the world, Aba ventured out as a young adult to experience traveling, living, and working and in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. At one point upon returning to the United States, she ended up spending nearly 15 years living and loving in the People’s Republic of Brooklyn, New York, as well as in Oakland, California.
Aba holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pan-African Studies from Columbia University and a Master of Arts degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the School of International Training. She is a Rockwood Leadership Institute alumnus and a certified trainer with Quabbin Mediation. In addition to her steadfast commitment to people of the African Diaspora, and other indigenous and people of color, Aba is passionate about arts, culture, and creative expression; she is a closeted writer and a very out cinephile and sci-fi nerd. For Aba, liberatory parenting as well as spiritual and healing practices are her North Star.