Participant Year 1

Lula Saleh

She/Her

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Founder and Journalist, Artist, Cultural Entrepreneur, Human Rights Advocate
East African Diaspora Artists Initiative

Lula Saleh is a creative storyteller with backgrounds in journalism, poetry, sound, performance, diaspora community organizing and migrant-refugee human rights advocacy. She has held various roles in media, storytelling, development and arts-based organizing with African and Muslim communities in Minnesota.

As the founder of the East African Diaspora Artists Initiative,  Lula has created platforms for peace and understanding between diasporas that are East African, Afro-Arab, Black American Muslim, and non-African. She was a trainee-fellow with the African-Middle East Leadership Project (AMEL) for human rights, KARAMAH Muslim women’s leadership training, an inaugural alum of the Intercultural Leadership Institute, and alum of the IMAN (Inner-city Muslim Action Network Chicago) Artist Roster. Lula has also received various fellowships and awards for her work in journalism, storytelling, arts advocacy, and human rights.

With ancestral roots in East Africa and MENA, Lula is a cultural bridge-builder passionate about diaspora representation and migration issues. Lula has spoken at, performed for, or collaborated with: Amnesty International/So Far Sounds, TEDxMinneapolis, Yale University’s Africa Salon, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Pollen Midwest, The Loft Literary Center, Button Poetry, Intermedia Arts, Pangea World Theater, Green Card Voices, the Cedar Cultural Center, and more.

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