Camika Shelby Joins NBJC as Black Youth Advocate and Ambassador
Camika Shelby of Huntsville, Alabama, is proud to serve as a National Black Justice Coalition Black Youth Advocate and Ambassador. Shelby became an advocate after her 15-year-old son, Nigel Shelby died by suicide after being bullied for being both Black and gay. Shelby’s mission is to facilitate healthy conversations about the mental health needs of young people. With the National Black Justice Coalition, she is also working to highlight programming, resources, and practices that ensure all children feel safe, engaged, and supported at school and at home. Shelby wants Nigel to be remembered for having changed the world by encouraging families, particularly Black families, to talk more about the importance of loving and supporting Black LGBTQ+ children, youth, and young adults.