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Qasim Shabazz Asad on Overcoming Systemic Challenges and Founding the Black Agenda Alliance

Qasim Shabazz Asad is standing on a soccer field wearing a sunhat and grey T-shirt reading Black Agenda Alliance
Chris Bowling
Qasim Shabazz Asad is the co-founder and co-chair of the Black Agenda Alliance.

Qasim Shabazz Asad is a co-founder and co-chair of the Black Agenda Alliance, a Pan-African group working to improve social, economic and cultural conditions in Omaha’s Black community

In 2019, Asad and other community members formed the Black Agenda Alliance to bring a new perspective to advocacy in Omaha. The organization’s goals include youth education, strengthening families, building economic independence and political engagement.

In this conversation, he speaks with Chris Bowling about overcoming the circumstances of his upbringing and his road to advocacy.

Courtney is back in her hometown after graduating from the University of Kansas in 2019 with degrees in journalism and film. While at KU, she was the arts and culture editor of the University Daily Kansan and had a summer internship at KCUR, Kansas City's NPR member station. She has three pet rats and has seen almost every Audrey Hepburn movie.
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