IMG_5904Onelia Hawa

Central Mississippi Community Organizer                               

Atlanta native, Onelia Hawa, packed her bags and moved to Mississippi in 2014 to pursue activism and to finish her education in pre-medicine. A first generation U.S. citizen and daughter of immigrants, Hawa’s roots stem from Camaguey, Cuba and Jounieh, Lebanon.

From a very early age, Hawa knew there were differences in how people treated one other based on how they looked. She spent her childhood and adolescent years navigating this issue and later advocating for immigrants rights.

Hawa spends most her time organizing Central Mississippi cities (Morton, Carthage and Canton)  hosting “Know Your Rights” workshops and disseminating “Family Safety Plans.”

Her goal is to educate and organize a collective community of immigrants and allies so that Mississippi begins to move forward. After all, William Faulkner once said, “To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.”

Follow her on Twitter @oneliahawa.