About Deborah Santana

Deborah Santana is an author, business manager, and activist for peace and social justice. Her non-profit, Do A Little, serves women and girls in the areas of health, education, and happiness. With a passion to provide educational opportunities for girls and women, Ms. Santana collaborates with organizations that work to prevent and heal relationship and sexual violence, improve the lives of America's abused and neglected children, and a worldwide community of artists and allies who work for empowerment, opportunity, and visibility for women artists.  

In 2005, she published her memoir: Space Between the Stars that told of her experiences growing up as a bi-racial child, and her coming of age.

Ms. Santana has produced five short documentary films, four with Emmy-award winning director Barbara Rick: Road to Ingwavuma, Girls of Daraja, School of My Dreams, and Powerful Beyond Measure. These films highlight the work of non-profit partners in South Africa, and the Daraja Academy, a free secondary boarding school for girls in Kenya.

She has served as a trustee for ANSA (Artists for a New South Africa), the Smithsonian Institution, and is a supporter of Marian Wright Edelman’s Children’s Defense Fund. Deborah is mother to four beloved adult children: Salvador Santana, a songwriter and instrumental artist, Stella Santana, a singer/songwriter, Angelica Santana, an archivist and film producer and Brandon Lumbly, a filmmaker and actor.

Ms. Santana holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy and Religion with a Concentration in Women’s Spirituality.

A leadership donor of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, she works for the rights and freedom of people of color.


Published Works

2018    All the Women in My Family Sing, Editor/Co-Publisher
2005    Space Between The Stars: My Journey to an Open Heart

Anthology Contributions

2012    Life Moments for Women
2012    Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God
2013    20 Years - Chokecherries Anniversary Edition
2006    Tutu As I Know Him: On a Personal Note

Documentaries Produced

2015    Powerful Beyond Measure
2014    Women’s Spirituality & Higher Education
2012    School of My Dreams
2010    Girls of Daraja
2006    The Road to Ingwavuma


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Photo Credits: Margot Duane (2), Entropic Studio, and James Cacciatore