Dhoruba Bin Wahad
Dhoruba Bin Wahad is a Former New York Black Panther Party Leader and Black Liberation Army (BLA) co-founder. Dhoruba served 19 years as a political prisoner and was released as a result of a federal lawsuit filed against the FBI, which argued that he was a victim of an FBI-police smear campaign that worked to destroy various grassroots and human rights organizations.
The agency released over 300,000 pages of secret documents about COINTELPRO. FBI records show that prosecutors withheld crucial evidence from the defense and that Dhoruba was framed.
Since Dhoruba’s release he has continued to organize on an international level. A prolific writer and dynamic orator, an example of his work can be found in the book, “Still Black Still Strong” (co-authored by Assata Shakur and Mumia Abu Jamal).
A more detailed layout of Dhoruba’s case can be found in the film “Passin’ it on”. Dhoruba Bin Wahad currently serves as co-chair of the National Coalition to Combat Police Terrorism and is an Elder Advisor for The FTP Movement.
Kalonji Jama Changa is considered by many to be one of the most effective organizers in the US. An active people's advocate, Kalonji has fought on multiple fronts tackling issues such as local and national police brutality cases to international human rights violations. Due to his dedication and tenacity, Kalonji has been featured on numerous media outlets including CNN, FOX and the BBC networks, to name a few.
Under Kalonji’s direction as Founder/National Coordinator of the FTP Movement, programs such as International Feed The People, Siafu Youth Corps, Mama's Army and the National Coalition to Combat Police Terrorism, have matured and developed.
Kalonji Jama Changa is author of the bestselling book, “How to Build a People’s Army” and co-producer of the documentary “Organizing is the New Cool”.
Kalonji Jama Changa currently serves as co-chair of the Urban Survival and Preparedness Institute and Director of Freedom Home Academy, an independent Afrikan center school in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Cynthia McKinney is an internationally renowned peace activist who honed her professional skills in the Georgia Legislature and the United States Congress.
In 2015, Dr. McKinney earned a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change. A natural teacher, Dr. McKinney has lectured in classrooms across the world. Dr. Cynthia McKinney was the first Member of Congress to demand an investigation of 9/11/2001. She voted against every war-funding bill while in Congress.
In 2008, Dr. Cynthia McKinney won the Green Party nomination and ran for U.S. President.
In December 2008, Dr. McKinney made international headlines when her boat was rammed by the Israeli’s as she was attempting to deliver medical supplies to Gaza. In 2009, Dr. McKinney tried again; she was kidnapped and taken to Israel where she spent 7 days in an Israeli prison. Since then she has written two books, “Illegal War on Libya” and “Ain't Nothing Like Freedom”. Dr. Cynthia McKinney currently serves as co-chair of the NCCPT.
Armed with an engaging story, voice and presence, New Orleans native and visionary, Sunni Patterson, has been the featured performer at many of the Nation's premier spoken word venues, including HBO's Def Poetry Jam and BET's Lyric Cafe. She has also shared her work on the Arsenio Hall Show, TEDWomen (Momentum 2015), and on several international stages.
Inspired by her words, Beats by Dre commissioned Sunni to provide the soundscape for tennis great, Serena Williams', workout (wireless beats) commercial, and the congratulatory piece for Williams' third US Open win (Congratulations Serena ft. Sunni Patterson).
As a highly sort after lecturer, workshop facilitator, and performer, she deliberately uses art as a tool to recognize, address, and eliminate all forms of oppression. She has trained under great scholars, allowing her to become a Certified Professional Life Coach (CPC), a certified instructor of Chi Kung (Qi Gong) and Tai Chi for Health, and a diligent student in the healing and spiritual arts. Believing in the transformational role poetry and spoken word plays, Sunni's mission is to aid in the awakening, the revival, and the remembrance of our gifts and voices.
Balogun Ojetade is an author, master-level martial artist in indigenous, Afrikan combative arts and sciences, a survival and preparedness consultant, a former Communications and Asst. Operations Sergeant in the U.S. 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and a priest in several Afrikan spiritual traditions.
Balogun is Master Instructor and Technical Director of the Afrikan Martial Arts Institute, which has branches in the United States, England and Ghana, West Afrika. Balogun currently serves as Co-Chair of the Urban Survival Preparedness Institute.
Balogun is also the author of the bestselling non-fiction books Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within, The Afrikan Warriors Bible and The Young Afrikan Warriors’ Guide to Defeating Bullies & Trolls and ten novels, including the Steamfunk bestseller, MOSES: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 & 2); the Urban Science Fiction saga, Redeemer; the Sword & Soul epic, Once Upon A Time In Afrika; Fist of Africa, a fight fiction novel and many more. Finally, he is co-author of the award winning screenplay, Ngolo.
Kamau Franklin has been a dedicated community organizer for over twenty years, first in New York City and now based in the south. For 18 years he was a leading member of a national grassroots organization dedicated to the ideas of self-determination and Malcolm X. He has worked on various issues including youth organizing and development, police misconduct, and creating sustainable urban communities.
Kamau has led and developed community cop-watch programs, freedom school programs for youth, electoral and policy campaigns, large-scale community gardens, organizing collectives and alternatives to incarceration programs.
Kamau is a former co-chair of the National Conference of Black Lawyers and a past member of the New York Executive Committee of the National Lawyers Guild. He was the first Legal Program Director of New York City Police-Watch, establishing the first watchdog accountability organization of its kind in New York.
Amongst many roles and positions in the grassroots, non-profit and political sectors, Kamau was the first campaign manager for Chokwe Lumumba’s successful mayoral election, in Jackson, Ms.
Kamau graduated from Baruch College with a bachelor degree in Business Administration and Marketing Management, a Masters from Brooklyn College in Political Science and his Juris Doctorate from Fordham Law School.
Co-founder of Freedom Home Academy International (along with his late wife Ashaki Bochum-Kline) Marcus Kline is a proven force to be reckoned with when it comes to education.
A leading educator in the Afrikan Centered Education Movement, Marcus expanded Freedom Home Academy from the humble South Side of Chicago basement home school to an international institution of higher learning with campuses in Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta and Miami (and more to come).
Under Marcus' leadership, Freedom Home Academy is Afrikan centered in culture with a specific emphasis in higher level education and tutoring for toddlers through high school. FHA's focus is on developing and enhancing children intellectually, socially, and physically. FHA uses different methods of teaching in order to best meet the learning style of children while aiming for academic intensity through an Afrikan perspective.
Marcus believes in Pan-Afrikan networks. One of his goals is to open a school in Ghana to provide opportunities for Afrikan children and develop student leaders in our homeland. He has already purchased acres of land in Accra for that purpose. Marcus Kline has impacted the lives of hundreds of students and families, not to mention thousands of supporters. He is an institution builder and has continued to encourage countless others.
Eboni Joy is a self-taught vegan chef and vegan caterer, who has been living a plant-based dietary lifestyle for over 20 years.
She has had poems and essays published in "Knowledge of Self: A Collection of Wisdom on the Science of Everything in Life", "How to Build a People's Army", "The Hood Health Handbook Volume I and II”, and contributed recipes for the collection “A Taste of Life: 1,000 Vegetarian Recipes from Around the World”.
For nearly 10 years she co-edited and co-published the zine, The 14th Degree and Beyond, in an effort to raise awareness about holistic health care and nutrition, transitioning to a vegan and vegetarian diet, and various issues affecting women and the Black community.
In 2006, Eboni started the vegan catering company now known as Feed the People Catering. (www.twitter.com/ftpcatering), and through her company conducts event planning and facilitates cooking classes.
Her classes focus on seasonal foods, maintaining a plant-based diet high in protein, vitamins and minerals, and cooking for parents on the run. As the mother of a son with high functioning autism, she also specializes in creating gluten-free meals and desserts as a form of behavior modification and “food therapy”. Eboni prides herself on ‘veganizing’ our favorite ethnic foods – be it soul food, Indian, Thai, Mexican or West African cuisine.
A Rehabilitated emcee, educator, podcaster and writer Khalilah Ali, is an English professor, practitioner of the light arts, and an all out contrarian.
Khalilah continues to rap and perform, but has recently co-founded an entertainment group, Afropolitan, which supports and develops indie artists. She has a few podcasts she participates in: Ole Black Curmudgeons and Kinda Serious both available on Soundcloud and Itunes.
Dr. Ali is also the co-founder/coordinator of the extra-curricular program Defacimento a youth program that explores the intersections of hip-hop, street art and education.
She also has published a few things on literacy, hip/hop and Black feminism and is currently writing a new album and very yawny academic book, A Bad Bitches Pedagogy, that explores the construction of Black women's racialized, sexualized and politicized artist-educator-activists' identities expressed through their hip-hop, spoken word, visual art and performative texts.
Khalilah Ali received her Ph.D in Educational Studies with a focus on Literacy, Pedagogy, and Culture from Emory University, M.Ed. in Middle and Secondary Instruction and B.A. in Literature and African Studies from Georgia State University. Realizing that education can come from inside and outside the classroom, she is dedicated to ensuring that her students’ education comes in a multitude of forms.
Dr. Akosua Ali-Sabree
Dr. Akosua Ali-Sabree, affectionately called
MaMa Akosua or MaMa General, is the president/CEO of the Kuumba Family Institute, Inc. founder of the Amadi Wellness Connection (AWC), the program director of the Annual International Locks Conference: Natural Hair, Wholistic Health & Beauty Expo.
Dr. Ali-Sabree has been a wholistic health and wellness educator/ spiritual counsellor since 1968. Being actively involved in NBUF, RAM, NOI and the National Black Sisterhood all provided a strong foundation for her to gain a sense of purpose early in life.
In November 2014, she was enstooled as Naa Kwateokor Gua I of the Ga people of Ghana. In 2016 she was appointed as the Surgeon General of the UNIA-ACL.
MaMa Akosua is the recipient of many awards, most recently in 2019 she was the recipient of the Madame C. J. Walker award for Excellence. MaMa Akosua is also part of the leadership team for the I Buy Black initiative, and member of The Association of Black Psychologists.
Dr. Ali.Sabree is a Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapist with a master’s degree in human services / counselling from Lincoln University, an ordained minister from Universal Light Church, attended Fields Graduate University, and received an Aboriginal Bio-Cosmic Naturopath Doctorate from Aboriginal University.
Mike Africa Jr.
Mike Africa Jr. was born in 1978 in a Philadelphia prison. Both of Mike’s parents were political prisoners for 40 years. Mike started performing rap music at an early age and began to incorporate a conscious message in his music in the hopes of awakening people with his message.
Mike has traveled the world performing hip hop. He has performed for the First Lady of France (Danielle Mitterrand) with his rap group “Seeds Of Wisdom.” He has also shared the stage performers like Dead Prez, Mos Def, Immortal Technique, Rage Against the Machine and Chuck D of Public Enemy.
Mike has a broad range of knowledge when it comes to social issues in our society. He is a well versed public speaker and is capable of informing audiences with information about Political injustices, police brutality, the prison industrial complex, health and fitness and much more.
His resume as a public speaker is filled with appearances at venues like Madison Square Garden, The Meadow Lands and countless University’s. As a hip hop artist and a public speaker, Mike has traveled Internationally to Paris France, Winnipeg Manitoba, and Hong Kong.
Rahiem Shabazz is the owner of Rasha Entertainment Inc., and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker.
As a documentary filmmaker, Rahiem Shabazz executive produced “Elementary Genocide”, documentary series which exposes the socially engineered mechanism created by our government and utilizing the public school system to label elementary aged African American males as work for hire targets within the US penal system. Elementary Genocide confirms this theory and seeks to educate parents, teachers and families, so that we can reclaim our young men and ensure the future of our community.
Rahiem Shabazz is currently on the road promoting the 3rd installment of the Elementary Genocide series called Elementary Genocide 3: Academic Holocaust.
Shabazz also appears weekly on “Necessary Blackness” podcast. Necessary Blackness reaches over 10,000 people weekly and is for those who are unapologetic in showing their appreciation and love for Black culture and people. The podcast is informative and tackles a range of subjects, with a concern for social justice and alternative news.