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Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele

Senior Community Organizer

Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele is the Senior Community Organizer in LDF’s Criminal Justice Project.  He is a community organizer and educator from Central Brooklyn.  From 1994 – 1998 Lumumba served as programming coordinator at the Franklin H. Williams Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCC).  During his tenure at CCC, he also co-found Azabache, an organizers training conference and workshop series for young activists.  All the while as a Black Studies Major at City College of NY/CUNY, he went on to receive his Masters in Human Service from Lincoln University in 1998.  As a member and organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Mr. Akinwole-Bandele helped establish its campaign to counter police abuse and misconduct.  He also co-founded the world renowned Black August Hip Hop Project.  Black August raises awareness and support for political prisoners in the United States.  From 2002 to 2007 Lumumba served as a counselor and lecturer at Medgar Evers College/CUNY.  Lumumba currently serves as an adjunct lecturer teaching Community Organizing at Lehman College/CUNY.