Shayla King is a native of Cleveland, Ohio who currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Arts at Loyola University Chicago majoring in Communication and Criminal Justice with a minor in Black World Studies. Shayla currently attends John Marshall Law School were she is concentrating in Civil Rights and Human Rights Law.
Shayla is a committed Life Member of the NAACP beginning in high school with the Cleveland, Ohio Youth Council in 2002. She currently serves on the NAACP National Board of Directors. Through the past years she has played an active role in reactivating and chartering several units across her region. Most importantly, she chartered a college chapter on her campus of Loyola University Chicago. Under Shayla’s guide as president the college chapter started many initiatives on the campus including introducing an annual Town Hall Meeting to discuss racial concerns on campus, challenging the African American course curriculum on campus, and getting the administration to work closely with their campus police on issues of diversity and ending racial profiling.
Shayla has led her region in creating and developing youth retreats. One that took place with the entire Region III Y&C Division in March of 2008 and a recent Regional College Chapter Retreat held in November 2010.
Shayla King’s fight for Social Justice and Racial Equality doesn’t end with her work with the NAACP. She developed curricula for the YWCA Chicago Metropolitan Office in their Racial Justice Program as an Intern. She also worked closely with the attorneys at the Chicago Legal Clinic to help start a Pro Bono Legal Clinic to assist minorities in the city.
Shayla has won numerous awards including several academic honors; she consistently made the Dean’s List while attending Loyola University Chicago. In High School she was awarded for her outstanding dedication to service with the Br. Richard Kelley Community Service Award for over 500 hours of community service.
Shayla has a strong passion for public speaking; she was a member of her speech and debate team in High School for four years. During her career in speech and debate she has been district champion in 2005 and was a state qualifier in speech and debate in 2002‐2006. She also qualified for the NAACP ACT‐SO national competition in 2002 and 2003. She has been asked to speak at several churches, universities and youth organizations throughout Ohio and the country. Public speaking provides Shayla an outlet to promote youth empowerment and equal justice.