Kamau K. Franklin

Kamau Franklin is the Redistricting Campaign Manager for a Statewide initiative in Georgia to create a transparent and fair redistricting map that does not negatively impact the rights of People of Color in Georgia. He is the founder and Board President of Community Movement Builders, Inc. an organization dedicated to the ideas of self-determination and the teachings of 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 has been a dedicated community organizer for over twenty years, first in New York City and now based in the south.

Kamau is the former Political and Social Editor for the on-line publication Atlanta Black Star. He is a past co-chair of the National Conference of Black Lawyers and former 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. He formerly was the South Regional Director of American Friends and Service Committee, Civic Engagement Director of the Ms., NAACP, the Racial Justice Fellow/Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, concentrating on federal class action litigation against the New York Police Department on racial profiling.

He can be followed on twitter @kamaufranklin and emailed at [email protected]