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Women You Should Meet (W.Y.S.M.): Zakiya J. Lord

Zakiya J Lord

Photo by Beverlie Lord

Name: Zakiya J. Lord
City, State: Washington, D.C.
Age: 44
Profession: Senior Philanthropic Advisor at Movement Voter Project

In a few words, how would you describe yourself?
I identify as a Black, lesbian, immigrant. I am a wife, a mother, and a money mobilizer.

Your favorite hangout spots.
Given that it is Covid-times, they have included Broad Branch Market and Rock Creek Park Tennis Center.

Favorite guilty pleasure.
Re-runs of Sound of Music and peanut butter.

Favorite quote.
“Make a friend, before you need a friend.”

Who is your biggest influence? And why?
My mother. She raised me. She made space and time for me. She encouraged leisure skills and gave me the tools to be able to build community confidently, and on my own terms. This has carried through so much of my life. She is so capable. She always welcomed my friends and my interests. She is smart. To know her, is to know she is creative, and smart, and she will figure any task out. She was my biggest cheerleader growing up–she still is.

Favorite event.
Easter in Bermuda. It’s less about religion and more of a cultural festivity. There are tissue paper kites, hot cross buns, fish cakes, and an overall positive energy.

Do you have any regrets in life?
I wish I had found a ‘habit’ earlier in life. I picked up casual-but-consistent running when I turned 30. Rituals matter. Self-care matters. I am glad I picked it up before I became a parent, but I’m sure there was value it could have added to my life, earlier on.

Favorite lesbian/queer celebrity.
Angela Davis (and Audre Lorde).

Any fun facts or anything else you want our readers to know?
I play Scrabble with the same energy that some folks play spades. And yes, I can play spades, and yes I can win.



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