Afrika Owes

Administrative Associate

Afrika Owes is an Administrative Associate for the Legal and Advocacy departments at the Center for Constitutional Rights. She supports the department as a whole, as well as the Legal Director and Deputy Legal Director, while also working closely with the Ella Baker legal internship program. Prior to joining the Center for Constitutional Rights, she completed a Fulbright fellowship in Cape Town, South Africa, where she taught English, African Diasporic history, and founded Soul Sistas, a Black women’s empowerment program in the local community. Afrika earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Africana Studies from Hobart & William Smith Colleges, where she graduated cum laude. At Hobart & William Smith she was the president of the Black Students’ Union, where she engaged in student activism and organized protests that ultimately led to the creation of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. During her time at Hobart & William Smith, Afrika was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award and Ruth Yung Peace Prize, and was the recipient of the Lillian E. Collins academic scholarship.