Staff

Marsha Jean Charles

Director of Organizing

Dr. Marsha Jean-Charles is an alumna and Director of Organizing of The Brotherhood Sister Sol. A Haitian-American educator, organizer, and scholar of Black transnational, diasporic literary studies and abolitionist pedagogy, Marsha centers race and class equity as well as immigrant and gender justice in her knowledge facilitation and sociopolitical movement-building efforts. Inspired by the cosmologies and revolutionary politics catalyzed by marginality, decolonial migration, disenfranchisement, and demosprudence, Marsha works to help youth liberate themselves with culturally responsive education, abolition of the carceral state, divestment from punishment culture, and investment in marginalized peoples and communities.

Marsha has worked at The Brotherhood Sister Sol, in several capacities, over a number of years. Before becoming the Director of Organizing, she served in every other capacity within the Liberation Program: Lead Organizer, Liberation Program Coordinator, Liberation Program co-Facilitator, and youth organizer. Marsha also served as a staff person on two of the organization’s International Study Programs trips – Haiti (2013) and Cuba (2016) – during which time she created curricula, supported with logistics, and served as a translator in Haiti.

Marsha earned her B.A. in African American Studies from Wesleyan University, her M.A. in African American Studies from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in Africana Studies from Cornell University. Marsha has taught in the Africana Studies Department at SUNY Binghamton, the Black Studies program at CUNY City College, and the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department at Columbia University.