Grace Aneiza Ali is the founder and editor of OfNoteMagazine.org, an online magazine that celebrates people of color in the arts. She was born in Guyana and moved to the United States when she was fourteen years old. Having grown up surrounded by a culture of illiteracy among women, she is committed to the work of educating girls in developing nations.
Grace launched Of Note in 2009 as a platform to honor “artists whose work values compassion, inspires us, speaks truth to injustice, humanizes us, and compels us to act towards change.” These artists demonstrate a commitment to global citizenship and social change and use their work as a means to challenge, celebrate, and engage the complex experiences of people of color around the globe.
Grace is also a contributing writer for The Huffington Post and The Defenders, the online publication of the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund, where she focuses on social justice issues. She is a former Fulbright Scholar to India, where she spent a year (2003-2004) working with Indian women writers and activists. She is a recipient of the Henry McCracken Fellowship for graduate study at New York University, where she earned an M.A. in Africana Studies. Known for her social justice advocacy, Grace spent several years working for the internationally recognized Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and The Sentencing Project in Washington, D.C. In 2011, she was selected as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
Grace currently lives in New York City and recently served as the Associate Director at the Dwyer Center, where she worked to make the artistic and cultural legacy of Harlem accessible to a local and global audience. She is also an adjunct Professor of Literature for the City University of New York (CUNY). Prior to moving to New York City in 2006, Grace worked in social justice advocacy for the internationally recognized Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and The Sentencing Project in Washington, DC. Grace holds a M.A. in Africana Studies from NYU, where she was the recipient of the Henry MacCracken Graduate Fellowship, and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she graduated magna cum laude. Congratulations Grace for your outstanding accomplishments – You Rock!For Information on Of Note Magazine check out the website http://www.ofnotemagazine.orgConnect via twitte@ofnotemagazine of via facebook ww.facebook.com/ofnote