Educator Dr. Artika Tyner Named to Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” List


St. Paul, MN – March 13, 2021 – Dr. Artika Tyner, Ed.D., M.P.P., J.D. and founder of Planting People Growing Justice™ Leadership Institute (PPGJLI), has been named as a 2021 “40 Under 40” honoree by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal (MSPBJ). Each year the MSPBJ editors select 40 leaders under the age of 40 that have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement, while finding time to give back to their communities.

“It is a great honor to serve as a lifelong educator,” said Tyner. “Through my teaching, research, and books, I seek to train and inspire the next generation of leaders. I am grateful to MSPBJ for the recognition and humbled to be honored amongst such an esteemed group of colleagues.”

Tyner is a civil rights attorney and law professor. She’s a highly-sought speaker and author of a number of books for professionals, as well as a well-loved author of children’s books that promote literacy, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

As the founder of the non-profit PPGJLI, she’s worked tirelessly to inspire the next generation of leaders by planting the seeds of social change through education, training, and community outreach. The PPGJLI gives children the tools to make a difference in the world. The organization works to end the school-to-prison pipeline, address opportunity gaps, and promote literacy.

Tyner’s award-winning book, “Justice Makes a Difference: The Story of Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire,” is used in classrooms worldwide to promote youth leadership development and service learning. Tyner created the PPGJLI Bookstore that features diversity in books with a focus on leadership development, cultural appreciation, and career exploration. The extensive collection of books enables children of color to see themselves in the stories they’re reading. Many of the highlighted books received prestigious literary awards.

Some of the newest additions to the bookstore is The Fight for Black Rights series (Alternator Books®) published by Lerner Books. Tyner was asked to write three books in the series – “Black Lives Matter: From Hashtag to the Streets,” “Black Voter Suppression: The Fight for the Right to Vote,” and “Vigilante Danger: A Threat to Black Lives.”

Being named as a 2021 “40 Under 40” honoree by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal (MSPBJ) is a testament to Tyner’s work within the community. Her efforts are having a ripple effect for children in such far away locations as Ghana and she’s become an inspiration for children, parents, and educators around the world.


About Dr. Artika Tyner

Dr. Artika Tyner is the founder of Planting People Growing Justice® Leadership Institute. She’s a passionate educator, author, and advocate for justice. An engaging speaker and dynamic presenter on leadership, civil rights, diversity and social justice topics, Dr. Tyner has helped audiences and organizations across the globe gain new tools for leading social change. Her goal is to teach, educate and inspire. Connect with her on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


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