April Caddell was raised in Tuskegee, Alabama. As a youth, she became involved in social justice activism and community organizing, primarily through the 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement. She first attended the Highlander Research and Education Center as a teenager in 2003. As a teenager, she also volunteered with the National Park Service. Through the years, she volunteered at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, the George Washington Carver Museum, the historic home of Booker T. Washington known as “The Oaks,” and the Horseshoe Bend National Military Park. April attended Spelman College, where she served as a Bonner Scholar for Community Service. She returned to the Highlander Center as an Intern upon graduation from Spelman College, where she assisted with the Seeds of Fire Youth Camp and the Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Project. April obtained her MA in Women’s Studies and her Ph.D. in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education. April is also a certified yoga teacher, and hopes to share the practice of yoga and meditation with more social justice activists and community organizers. Through the years, April has performed as a vocalist, including touring with the Spelman College Jazz Ensemble. Through song, she enjoys helping to build community and boost morale among social justice activists. She also enjoys writing and dancing. Dr. Caddell currently works at Stillman College as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences.
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