About Rootead

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

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Kama Mitchell

Founder and CEO


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Dominic Mitchell

Chief Financial Officer


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Amari Fisher

Website and Data Specialist


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Élan Bridges

Director of Red Birth Green


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Erica Dixon

Community Resource Specialist


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Lilly Henley

Studio Manager


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CoCo Marie

Radicle Coordinator


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Tia Davis

Office Manager


Our Board