Shea Howell has been a Detroit activist form more than three decades. She works with youth, artists and community-based development. She lectures on issues of social difference and peace and writes a weekly column for the Michigan Citizen. Her most recent work is on political ideology and community transformation. She is a co-founder of Detroit Summer and of the BCNCL. She is a professor of communication at Oakland University where she has taught for 30 years. Over the last decade she has been working with the Michigan Roundtable on school and community based initiatives for community reconciliation. This work is informed by her activities with the Beloved Communities Initiative, formed to encourage spirit rooted activism.