Kadiatou Diallo
President and Founder

Kadiatou Diallo is President and Founder of the Amadou Diallo Foundation ; and author, social activist & public speaker.

But first and foremost, she is a mother. It was her role as mother that captivated the heart of America and thrust her into the social justice spotlight when her 23-year-old son Amadou Diallo s student was shot 41 times by four New York City Police officers while standing in the vestibule of his Bronx apartment building, February 4th, 1999.

The city erupted with protests and prayer vigils as politicians, celebrities and community members spoke out with disbelief and a demand for justice as both the national and international media focused on what happened that winter evening at 1157 Wheeler Avenue in the Bronx.

The community stood up for a grieving mother and a grieving mother showed up fiercely graceful and inspirationally compelling in her quest for justice.

Mrs. Diallo rejects the portrayal of her son in the media and has become a symbol of the struggle against police brutality and racial profiling in the United States, and is using her experience to empower others. She founded and is president of The Amadou Diallo Foundation, which mission is to advocate for racial equity and promote education for students of African descent.

Mrs. Diallo humanizes the tragedy of racial profiling and police brutality and continues to aggressively work with community leaders to bring about change. She has worked closely with families affected by police brutality and grassroots organizations to raise awareness and dedicated her life to ending of racial inequities .

Book

“My Heart Will Cross This Ocean: My Story, My Son, Amadou” (2004)

Documentary films

“41 Shots – Trial by Media”  Netflix (2020)

“Protect care and serve” (2018)

“Every Mother’s Son” (2004)  The documentary is a testimonial of three ethnicities – an African mother (Kadiatou Diallo), a Latino mother (Iris Baez) and a Jewish mother (Doris Buscky) – to show the world that police brutality is a human rights issue.

“Death of Two Sons” (2006) Tells the story of Amadou, and of Jesse Thyne, an American Peace Corps Volunteer who lived with Amadou’s family in his home village in Guinea. Jesse died in Guinea, less than a year after Amadou. This film explores the political, personal, and spiritual implications of their lives and deaths. Death of Two Sons shows the common humanity shared by these young men, their families, and their nations.

Passionate about the power of education, Mrs. Diallo built a school in Labe, Guinea in 2013. The school, provides a computer technology training.

Mrs. Diallo knows there is much work to be done and has made it her life’s calling. She lectures throughout the country and continues her crusade to raise awareness on issues that are fundamental to a democratic society, donating part of the proceeds to The Amadou Diallo Foundation.

Mrs. Diallo has lived in Africa and Asia She now reside in Maryland . She is fluent in English and French.