Kamau Franklin is the founder and Board President of Community Movement Builders, Inc. Kamau has been a dedicated community organizer for over twenty years, beginning in New York City and now based in the Atlanta, Georgia. For 18 of those years, Kamau was a leading member of a national grassroots organization dedicated to the ideas of self-determination and the teachings of Malcolm X. He has spearheaded activism over opportunities and issues including youth organizing and development, police misconduct, and the development of sustainable urban communities. Kamau has coordinated and led community cop-watch programs, freedom school programs for youth, electoral and policy campaigns, large-scale community gardens, organizing collectives and alternatives to incarceration programs. He lives in Avondale, Georgia with his wife and two children.
Ashley Williams, Food Sustainability Co-Director
Ashley Williams is an urban farmer and food sovereignty activist. She obtained her training from Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture, where she successfully completed the challenging Urban Agriculture Training Course. She has worked as a Farmers Market Manager with Organix Matter and with Global Growers. Ashley is also a carpenter and designer by trade, and is passionate about food preservation such as canning and dehydration as a tool to curb food waste.
AYANNA SMITH, FOOD SUSTAINABILITY CO-DIRECTOR
Ayanna Smith an urban grower, visual artist and organizer. Born and raised in Atlanta, she is a community movement builder, focused on social and global justice that expands the rights and capacities of Black Families and the spaces in which they live.
KALONJI JAMA CHANGA, ORGANIZING AND YOUTH DIRECTOR
Kalonji Jama Changa is an award-winning political activist. As the founder and national coordinator of the social justice organization FTP Movement, Kalonji has aided in the growth and development of programs such as International Feed The People, Urban Survival Preparedness Institute, Siafu Youth Corps, National Coalition to Combat Police Terrorism, and Mama's Army, to name just a few. He 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 has been featured on numerous media outlets including CNN, FOX and the BBC networks.
Yafeuh Balogun, Dallas Chapter Point Organizer
Yafeuh Balogun has always been surrounded by the socially conscious movement through his parents and extended family who were active in the Black Power era. He was taught the value of community by his father’s consistent example of love for his fellow neighbor. Yafeuh has developed many social programs in Dallas including Community Unification Day to detour fratricide and seek unity and Community Health and Health Wellness Day to promote holistic lifestyles and healthy living. Yafeuf is also a co-founder of Guerrilla Mainframe (GMF) and the Huey P. Newton Gun Club. He and his comrade Rakem Balogun were targeted by the FBI for advocating community self-defense. Rakem was arrested by the FBI under the guise of the Black Identity Extremist Label. Yafeuf started the Balogun Defense Committee which helped in the dropping of all charges against Rakem. Yafeuh is a graduate of El Centro College with a Degree in Applied Science. To this day he is humble and approachable and remain an active organizer with the Dallas/Ft Worth area. Bhn Yafeuh has been interviewed about his work within the community by some top publications, which include:· CBS,· NBC, · New York Times.