Featured Speakers

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Dawud Anyabwile

dawud02Dawud Anyabwile is an Emmy Award Wining artist, illustrator and co-creator of the groundbreaking comic book series, Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline.

He and his brother Guy A. Sims, the writer and co-creator of Brotherman Comics, are pioneers of the contemporary Independent Black Comic Book movement. Selling over 750,000 copies in the early 1990’s without a major distributor and have currently released Book One of a three part graphic novel series entitled Brotherman: Revelation. Dawud Anyabwile has shared his artistic talent with major companies such as Cartoon Network, Turner Studios, NBA TV, Nickelodeon, Harper Collins Publishing, Scholastic and many others as a character designer, storyboard artist, illustrator and concept artist.

Dawud has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention in 2015, Glyph Comics Award for Best Artist 2016, the Key to Kansas City for Outstanding Service to Children and was nominated for the Will Eisner Award — Best Artist category at the San Diego Comic Con in 1992.

Dawud recenly illustrated the graphic novel adaptation of the New York times best selling novel, MONSTER, by the late Walter Dean Myers. Published by the world renowned publishing house, Harper Collins.

Dawud was born by the name of David Sims and raised in Philadelphia, PA where he developed his love for art, culture, science fiction and music appreciation. When Dawud is not working on his illustrations, he is busy volunteering, teaching art classes to young students, giving lectures and participating in community events.

Taryn Jordan

Taryn JordanTaryn D. Jordan is a lifelong activist and a graduate student at Emory University seeking a PhD in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Her research interests lie in Blackness, queer theory, decolonial theory and affect theory. Taryn has invested her life in social justice work. She seeks to blend her political work and academic interests into a productive relationship where struggle and theory mutually inform one another creating the conditions for an intellectual and political spiral.


Modibo Kadalie

modiboDuring the early and middle 1970′s, Modibo Kadalie was an active member of several radical organizations. In the League of Revolutionary Black Workers (LRBW), he served as a member of the Central Staff and Chair of the People’s Action Committee. in Highland Park, Michigan. In the International African Liberation Support Committee (ALSC), Kadalie was a founding member of the National Steering Committee. He chaired the Detroit local committee in 1972 and 1973, and then continued as a member of the expanded International Steering Committee as a representative from Atlanta, 1973-1975. Within the Sixth Pan-African Congress, he chaired the Southern Regional Organizing Committee from 1974-1975 and was also a member of both the North American Delegation and the North American Left Revolutionary Pan-African Caucus.

Modibo Kadalie holds degrees from Morehouse College, Howard University and Atlanta University was an Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Savannah State University. He has recently retired from his teaching position Fayetteville State University. Dr. Kadalie is the author of Internationalism, Pan-Africanism, and the Struggle of Social Classes (One Quest Press, 2000) and has contributed a new introduction to our new edition of Kimathi Mohammed’s Organization and Spontaneity. He is also the founder of the Autonomous Research Institute for Direct Democracy and Social Ecology.

Sara Khaled

sarah-khaledSara Khaled is a lifelong organizer and revolutionary. They are currently with A World Without Police, a police abolitionist organization that is fighting to shut down the Atlanta City Detention Center.

Sara received their masters in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies and they currently enjoy teaching this subject at two southern universities. When Sara isn’t planning QTPOC anticapitalist takeover, they enjoy being outside, reading, baking, and working out.


Makeda Lewis

downloadMakeda Lewis is an artist living in Atlanta, GA. Her work explores afrocentricity, gender dynamics, and Black womanhood.

Her first book, Avie’s Dreams (The Feminist Press, 2016), is part activity book, part surrealist poem, and takes an interactive and wildly introspective approach to afro-feminist self-discovery and girlhood. Avie’s Dreams is beautifully illustrated, but also tells a complex and challenging narrative of race, gender and sexuality, and body image. Interspersed with lyrics and quotes taken from contemporary Internet culture and modern poetry, the story investigates the trials and magic of a young black girl growing up in the world.

Tim Short

IMG_7709-Web-LargeTimothy Short was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia. By painting figurative scenes using extreme lights and darks, Timothy explores dualities and meanings associated with social constructions. He often uses Afro-futuristic scenes of communal Black people in modes of resistance to contribute to radically disruptive political conversation.

Timothy obtained his BFA in Visual Art and Design along with a minor degree in African American Studies at Georgia State University. Among his many inspirations are Kerry James Marshall, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Alex Gardner, Jordan Casteel, and Hieronymus Bosch. In 2015,  Tim was the recipient of the Atlanta Artists Center’s Mary Brock Williams Award.

Akinyele Umoja

A1WYOnLVTxL._UX250_Akinyele Omowale Umoja is Professor and Chair of the Department of African-American studies at Georgia State University, where he teaches courses on the history of the civil rights and Black Power movements and other social movements. He has been a community activist for over 40 years and is a prominent organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.

In his book, We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement, Dr. Umoja argues that armed resistance was critical to the Southern freedom struggle and the dismantling of segregation and Black disenfranchisement. Intimidation and fear were central to the system of oppression in most of the Deep South. To overcome the system of segregation, Black people had to overcome fear to present a significant challenge to White domination. As the civil rights movement developed, armed self-defense and resistance became a significant means by which the descendants of enslaved Africans overturned fear and intimidation and developed different political and social relationships between Black and White Mississippians.

Haroun Wakil

harounHaroun Wakil is an organizer and founder of Street Groomers, an organization that has grown out of Atlanta’s West End that is dedicated to preventing violence and stopping police brutality through self-organized community patrols and youth-outreach campaigns. Their mission is: “To clean up and take back the streets from those who terrorize our people and communities, including those drug dealers and those police officers who act as thugs targeting our people and communities of color.”

Haroun has also organized support for political prisoners and has been involved in the movement against displacement in Atlanta’s Peoplestown neighborhood.

Britt Bailey Dunn

21039487_10211731657838532_1643470194_nBritt Bailey Dunn, born and raised in Atlanta, is a former organizer of MondoHomo and a current organizer with Southern Fried Queer Pride. At the time of this writing, they’ve just finished N. K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth Series and are about to start it again. It’s that good.

Southern Fried Queer Pride (SFQP) is an Atlanta-based queer and trans, arts and advocacy organization and festival celebrating the vibrant communities of the Southern United States. Cooked in the oils of our forequeers of the Compton Cafeteria Riots, the Stonewall Riots, ACT UP, and the many radical uprisings of years past, SFQP holds close to the political identity of being queer. SFQP is arts and politically based and serves to provide an annual intersectional and radically inclusive festival, along with monthly programming.