"I actually grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois, and I went to school at SIUC, which is about two hours away. After graduation I came back home because I saw that there was just a need, especially in my community of East St. Louis. I most recently joined the community council there to make some improvements. I have a heart for the youth, that drew me to AMA."

Mikala Cannon: Executive Director of African Musical Arts Inc.