Ebani Thomas


Ebani Thomas



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Oral History of Ebani Thomas Conducted By Leor Koubi

In the interview, Ebani Thomas describes the early stages of her life in Liberty City, Miami, and how she still lives there today with her family. She also discusses her experience with college as a returning student, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, she recounts the challenges of online learning and having to digitally access all school materials for the first time in her life. In addition to the struggles with online learning, Ms. Thomas had to also navigate challenging transitions at work during the quarantine. Specifically, she was expected to complete all her work remotely, but was not provided the necessary equipment by her employer. She speaks about the challenges of balancing school, work, advocacy, and family life during that time. She believes that her purpose is to serve those in need in her community, and she discusses how difficult it became for her to do just that during a Pandemic.

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FIU, Florida International University, Digital Divide, Technology, Education, Wealth Gap, Miami, South Florida, Wealth Inequality, Oral History, Interview, Education, COVID-19, Pandemic, Online Learning, Liberty City, Miami Dade College, MDC


Economic Policy | Public Policy | Social Justice



Length: 31:32

Biography and Comments

Ebani Thomas, daughter of a Teacher and Attorney, was born in Mobile, Alabama. She came to Miami as a child and stayed due to her love of its diversity. Ebani grew up in Liberty City and attended Miami Northwestern High School; she still lives there today with her family. Ebani has worked in customer service for more than twenty years, and has found that to be one of her greatest joys. She is currently working in Revenue with the local city government, and enjoys working hands-on with people to serve their needs. Ebani recently earned her Bachelors Degree from Miami Dade College and to continue to develop her education, she intends to get a masters degree.

Ebani Thomas



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