Georgia State Organizer
Makayla Richards “M.K.” is a Black queer femme, birth worker, and organizer devoted to pursuing truth. They are second-generation Jamaican and from Gwinnett County, Georgia by way of New Jersey. Their life’s work centers establishing extra-institutional means that support the holistic wellbeing of Black, non-binary, and/or trans people and their families.
Prior to coming to URGE, Makayla worked with Black and brown Trans and Queer youth as a facilitator for The Theater Offensive, a Boston based theater organization committed to utilizing community-based art as a means to mobilize social conversations about racial and gender equity, and queer liberation. She also has completed many projects and extensive research on Black maternal care networks, radical parenting, and transformative sex education across the lifespan.
Makayla graduated with highest honors from Brandeis University with a self-designed major in Black Women’s Studies. As an organizer, they believe in a gender-expansive, Black feminist, sex, and abortion positive future. In their free time, you can find them being the big sister to their six younger siblings and cat momma to a spirited three-year-old tabby.
Makayla uses “They” and “She” pronouns.