2021 Do What Is Just Award: Dakota Hall
MICAH’s 2021 Do What Is Just Award recipient is Dakota Hall, founder and Executive Director of LIT (Leaders Igniting Transformation). Since its inception in 2018, LIT has made great strides in recruiting, training, and empowering young people to build power controlled by young people of color. LIT is currently an organization with 18 full-time staff and 20 part-time staff and with a budget of $402,000. Based in Milwaukee, LIT is making a statewide impact on issues impacting young people.
Concerned about the school-to-prison pipeline, LIT leaders have testified before the Milwaukee School Board and have been successful in removing police presence from Milwaukee Public Schools and have advocated for more actualizing of restorative justice principles by school administration, teachers, and student leaders. LIT has also been engaged in voter awareness and voter turnout.
With Black and indigenous (Oneida Nation & Lac Courte Oreilles) heritage, Dakota Hall was student organizer and Vice President of the United Council of UW Students in 2012. From 2015 to 2017, he was a MICAH organizer engaged with MICAH’s “53206 Initiative.”
MICAH is proud to present the 2021 “To Do What Is Just” Award to Dakota Hall in recognition of his vision and actualization of organizing young people to be change agents—an accomplishment that augurs well for the future of justice organizing. MICAH is grateful for the positive impact that LIT has had in bringing about positive changes in the Milwaukee Public School system in tandem with changes for which the MICAH Education Task Force has worked and for which it continues to advocate.