08.05.2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Melz joined KIN as its director in April 2019. Melz is a gender-queer activist, writer, poet, musician and public speaker. They have been involved in movements such as Black Lives Matter and Decolonising the University. Melz has spoken around the world and worked with platforms such as TEDx, The Huffington Post and The Tate Modern offering poetic, musical, and theoretical responses to some of the most critical issues facing our society and political system. They are deeply passionate about movement building and creating spaces to radically imagine alternative ways of being that serve our communities from the centre.
Commenting on Melz’s appoint, KIN founders, Ayeisha Thomas-Smith, Kennedy Walker and Zahra Dalilah said:
“We’re very excited to announce Melz will lead KIN as it’s Director. Their unique knowledge and experience will be invaluable at a time when this budding initiative is primed to take off. With many exciting projects in the pipeline including a transnational convening later this year we can’t wait to see what KIN becomes with Melz’s leadership”.
Commenting on their appointment Melz said:
“I am delighted to have been appointed to this position and I am looking forward to leading on the next steps for the development of KIN. We are at a critical point in black activism and movement building and I feel that KIN can offer us something profoundly necessary to further our struggle and connect our people. My focus in the coming months will be on ensuring the sustainability of the organisation and facilitating the building of deep connections between black activists in the UK and around the world”.
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Notes for editor:
KIN is a new initiative aiming to bring black activists and organisers together from across the UK to collaborate, strategise and support each other. The first convening took place from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th August 2018 where around thirty activists and organisers came together to explore the history of national and international social movements, to share organising practice and to contextualise what achieving collective liberation looks like within the UK and beyond.