Alphabet Rockers

Alphabet Rockers make music that makes change. Led by Kaitlin McGaw and Tommy Soulati Shepherd.


They create brave spaces to shape a more equitable world through hip hop, as two-time GRAMMY nominees, Othering & Belonging Institute Fellows and industry leaders for change. They work in partnership with communities to create media that reflects the culture of belonging needed in the world. In the OBI Fellowship, they have been writing songs centered in transformative justice with the four middle school artists of Alphabet Rockers. Reaching over 3 million families since 2007, Alphabet Rockers inspire American kids and families to stand up to hate and be their brave and beautiful selves. 

Breakout Session: KaitlinSamara, and Roza

Learning Lab: Kaitlin and Roza

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Learning Lab: Cultural Strategies for Belonging: Learning from Doing 2019-2021
Two years into our cultural strategy efforts, the work has affirmed the importance and power of culture’s role in creating belonging. Learn from four projects - on care, climate displacement, planning and development, and abolition - that exemplify the four practices of our strategy. Designed for: Artists, cultural strategy practitioners, n on-profit staff, organizers and funders interested in strengthening cultural strategy in organizing, research, planning or other social change work. Lab registration is open to conference participants only. After registering for the conference, you will...
The Work: We Take Care of Us (A session on bridging with music by the Alphabet Rockers)
Alphabet Rockers (2020 OBI Artist-in-Residence) reveal how their songwriting process relies on inquiry into the human experience to effect cultural change. This anti-racist work centers children and families, listening to the questions they hold and developing musical responses. The process and products are intergenerational spaces for envisioning, finding joy and building cultural infrastructures of care and understanding. In this session they’ll focus on three projects that demonstrate how they embrace human experiences (LISTENING), embody community practices (EXPANDING), and use their art...