Black Lives Matter: Examining the Scales of Justice
About Sharon Cooper
Sharon Cooper is one of four surviving sisters of Sandra Bland. A native Chicagoan, Sharon is a DePaul University alumna who graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Sociology & Pre-Law and a minor in African & Black Diaspora Studies. Sharon works as an HR Business Partner for a Fortune 500 company in the Bay Area.
In the wake of her sister Sandra Bland’s untimely death and the suspicious circumstances surrounding it, Sharon has become a social justice advocate on behalf of her sister and other Black men, women, boys and girls who have died in police custody and at the hands of police due to brutal encounters. Recognized by Hello Beautiful as a 2016 Woman to Know, Sharon travels the country speaking about policies that serve as barriers to the progression of communities of color and has appeared on CNN, Nightline, MSNBC & The View. Sharon is also a member of the #SheWoke Committee, a collective of seven national women leaders with a shared vision of advocacy, equity, and sisterhood that served as the catalyst and inspiration for the first ever Congressional Caucus on Black Women & Girls.
In partnership with the caucus, Sharon engages with thought leaders on Capitol Hill to make Black women and girls a priority in the policy debates that aim to reverse the stain of racism, sexism and classism.
Sharon is married to her college sweetheart and they have a six year old daughter who’s full of personality.
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Say Her Name: the Life and Death of Sandra Bland
Interested in watching the HBO Documentary about Sandra Bland's story? The video is available for checkout through the University Libraries.