National Strategies & Partnerships Director – The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL)
Member – Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM)
Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele is a father, husband, longtime community organizer and educator from Central Brooklyn. Lumumba currently serves as the National Strategies and Partnerships director at The Movement for Black Lives. Previously, served as the Director of Community Organizing at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. 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 on the board of the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute.