From Our Founder

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"Welcome to Ujima Language and Literacy! I've always had a passion for literacy and language. As a literacy expert, I believe if we help children reach certain learning gains earlier, we can set them up for success."

-Dr. Shurita Thomas-Tate 


Dr. Shurita Thomas-Tate is an associate professor of speech-language pathology in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Missouri State University. Dr. Thomas-Tate is the Springfield NAACP Education Committee Chair and leads the NAACP Youth Council. Dr. Thomas-Tate is also a member of the Springfield R-12 Board of Education.