By integrating theology, sociology, and psychology, Gigi Khanyezi is a trailblazer who challenges, heals, and equips Christian communities to be on the front lines of seeking racial equity. She has devoted her life to the facilitating, living, empowering of racial justice, (re)conciliation, and equity.
After 30 years in the US as a woman of color activist, she relocated to Soweto, South Africa for ten years, where she was considered white! Those years greatly impacted her ideas about “reconciliation” and justice. Also during these years she fostered and adopted two precious little souls whom she named Jericho and Judah. They are the light of her life!
Though her most important equipping and training came from the streets of E. Oakland and Soweto, she is also indebted to the formal institutions which bestowed her tertiary degrees:
- BA in Sociology and African & African American Studies; UC Davis
- M.Div. with an emphasis in Intercultural Ministry; Denver Seminary
Gigi is currently a Doctoral student at Howard University School of Divinity where she has a very interdisciplinary focus that integrates healing intergenerational racial trauma in the Black and Indigenous communities, theology, and resolving intergenerational implicit bias in the white community.