Valrie Walker Sanders, a Jamaican native who grew up in the United Kingdom, earned her Master’s Degree in International Relations and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Georgia State University. Later, Ms. Sanders earned a Juris Doctor Degree from Atlanta Law School. Valrie serves on the Board of Directors of The Carilanta Players and has served on the Board of Sankofa Cultural Dance Company, as well as on the Board of Trustees of the Atlanta Caribbean Association.
Valrie has been a resident of Fulton County since the early 1980s. She works as a tutor of public school students in the Georgia school system. Valrie has a long history of community involvement – primarily in arts and culture – both as an actor and as an arts administrator. She has served as a Business Volunteer for the Arts for the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and she has been the Regional Representative of the Washington-based National Coalition of Caribbean Affairs (NCOCA) for several years.
Following the Proclamation designating June as Caribbean American Heritage Month (CAHM), Valrie was appointed Special Events Director of the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington, D.C. to plan events in the State of Georgia for CAHM. Under her leadership of GCAHC, the Coalition was instrumental in getting the CAHM Resolution (HR 978) adopted by the Georgia General Assembly in 2007, with the assistance of Georgia State Representative Billy Mitchell HD 88 (D-Stone Mountain).
As Founder and Past President of the Georgia Caribbean American Heritage Coalition (GCAHC), Valrie was thrilled and honored to receive the Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award from the Georgia Secretary of State and to be appointed Georgia Goodwill Ambassador. In her role as Georgia Goodwill Ambassador, she continues to support the GCAHC’s ongoing mission to preserve and promote information about Caribbean American life, history and culture in the State of Georgia, and to help to create a strong network of local and national partners and institutions whose diverse and inclusive alliances continues the Caribbean American legacy.
In her concentration on advocacy issues, Valrie currently serves as Chair of the SCLC/W.O.M.E.N. International Task Force. Most recently, she was a Georgia representative at a White House Community Briefing.
A passionate international traveler, Valrie has visited a number of countries in the Caribbean, Europe and Asia, and has had the good fortune to visit 16 countries on the African Continent. She is currently working on a book chronicling her travel experiences in Africa. One of Valrie’s proudest accomplishments as a single parent was to raise her son, Rafiki, who is also making a difference in the community. He is a devoted husband to his wife Cassie, and they are proud parents of Valrie’s two delightful grandchildren, Rafiki, Jr. and Najah.