khalid kamau is Councilman for City of South Fulton, Atlanta, a #BlackLivesMatter and #FightFor15 Organizer, and former Democratic National Convention Delegate for Bernie Sanders.
The first #BlackLivesMatter organizer elected to public office in the country, khalid is leading a generation of young activists moving from protest to politics.
His name, lower-cased in the Yoruba African tradition, emphasizes the community over the individual and literally means “eternal quiet warrior.”
At the age of 13 he staged his first demonstration, where his petition to include African nations in his predominately black middle school’s Olympics-themed “Field Day” became a full-fledged student protest covered by local news.
His organizing continued through college where he became well-known as a passionate defender of the working poor, women, LGBTQI people and the environment.
A college semester abroad studying South Africa’s post-Apartheid democracy sealed his lifelong commitment to social justice.
After college, khalid spent his early adulthood working as a Financial Analyst and Operations Manager for non-profit agencies in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta, including Harlem United, Girls Prep Charter Schools, Morehouse College and the Black AIDS Institute, before attending John Marshall Law School in Atlanta.
During the economic downturn, khalid took a series of blue-collar jobs, working on telephone poles as a wire tech for AT&T, and a bus driver for MARTA. These jobs gave him first-hand experience with organized labor and unions fighting to hold on to living wages and employee benefits that are vanishing due to corporate greed. khalid’s personal experience with America’s shrinking middle class increased his compassion for working class families.
It was his experience fighting the outsourcing of MARTA’s Mobility Service workers that lead khalid into politics full time, first as a labor activist with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), then as a volunteer with the Bernie Sanders campaign and the Democratic Party.
khalid helped organize the Atlanta chapter of #BlackLivesMatter and served as a Field Organizer for the Georgia House Democratic Caucus.
He was elected as an At-Large Delegate for Bernie Sanders to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.