Our Founder & Director
Rebecca Ruby Anuru, LMSW, MPH
A Champion for Hood Youth
Welcome to DKC!
I am a 30 year old Hood Black Woman Scholar with enough life experience to be 60.
I am known as a community Mother or Auntie given the day. I want Black liberation everyday.
I have made it my life's work to combat and raise awareness about the systemic challenges that Hood Black youth face throughout the United States.
I am a Survivor.
I was once a displaced young person battling abuse, rape, sexual assault, grief, poverty, upheaval, chaos, and chronic stress. Very happy - sometimes surprised - to have survived and be on the healing side! Can't have the thriving without the surviving, I'm grateful for all the lessons. I openly live with Complex PTSD and Depression.
I love Hood Black kids and youth. They are my center.
I love them even when the world lies and tells them they are less than.
I was a Hood Black child born and mostly raised in The Bronx, but I owe some years to metro-Atlanta, hence the accent switch so randomly! I also have loving relationships with Philly & Detroit.
I love Hood Black people and our culture with every fiber of my being. The swag, the music, the fashion, the strategy, the language, the rules, errthang.
I do mean I love us.
I've had to navigate a lot of spaces and institutions that openly disregard Hood Black folks.
I proudly have letters after my name to show Hood Black youth they are and always will be worth the investment of time, intention, energy, and resources.
I'm a learner and a writer at heart.
I've been teaching for as long as I've been learning.
I believe in the value of everyone but uplift the marginalized. I always will.