Hey Rootead fam,
We are taking extra precautions in order to ensure the safety of the youth and adults in the Rootead community. We have decided to remain closed to the public for one more week, so all in-person programming is paused temporarily. Our virtual programs are still taking place, however. If you need anything, please reach out. We can be contacted via email or by phone. We hope everyone stays safe and healthy!

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Our Mission

Reclaiming the village through cultural liberation by holding spaces for internal transformation, healing arts & birthing justice.

Branches of Rootead

About Us

Rootead is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2015, in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Our Offerings

As an organization, our goal is to draw awareness to the narratives held internally (within the body) but expressed externally across the greater Kalamazoo community. We deliver our services through a decolonized, decentralized, trauma informed and indigenized lens that reflects the unique cultural heritage and experiences of multicultural, LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC living in the greater Kalamazoo community. In order to disrupt systems and structures of oppression the paradigm of surviving must shift to thriving. In order to reduce black/BIPOC oppression, we need spaces that reduce stress and invite healing. Therefore we achieve our goal and mission through our Enrichment Center, which offers movement classes, workshops in cultural humility, yoga, meditation, doula/perinatal services, in addition to facilitating a youth dance and drum collective. As an organization we have offered culturally relevant dance, healing arts and somatic awareness to our community for over 5 years.

Our Values & More

Our Core Values: Self-accountability, connection, love, honesty, perseverance, commitment to justice, courage

Our Why: Oppression is created by colonization: none of us are free if we all aren’t free; nothing for us without us

Our influences: Afro-futurism, Anatomy, Holistic Health, Intergenerational Interaction, Emergent Strategy, Transformative Justice, and Somatics/Movement

Our Staff

Kama Mitchell

Founder and CEO

Dominic Mitchell

Chief Financial Officer

Jay Young

Youth & Cultural Arts Director

Rowan Jakobah

Coordinator of Red Birth Green

Beth Clark

Public Relations Specialist

Berneal Boyd

 Marketing manager

Jonathan Chitaya

Multimedia Technician

Amari Fisher

Website and Data Specialist

Kama Mitchell

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Élan Bridges

Director of Red Birth Green

Erica Dixon

Community Resource Specialist

Lilly Henley

Studio Manager

CoCo Marie

Radicle Coordinator

Tia Davis

Office Manager

Our Board