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.
Kennedy Walker, Co-Founder
Kennedy is an organiser and writer who has campaigned on issues ranging from trade justice to gentrification. He has a background in communications and policy work with a focus on housing and land. He also has experience in grass roots organising, mobilisation and political education having been involved in Take Back The City, Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants, Demand The Impossible, NEONs Movement Builders and more. Having acquired a BA in Sociology he then went on to receive an MA in Human Rights, Culture and Social Justice. Kennedy's interests lay within the mechanics of social movements, class, racism, queerness and inequality.
Albert Saint Jean, Co-Founder
Albert Saint Jean is the New York City Organizer for BAJI, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration. Having been reared by a community oriented, politically aware Haitian-American family; Albert developed a passion for social justice and black awareness. This worldview is compounded by his exposure to diverse black communities in New Jersey, Florida, and New York. Albert’s Pan-African perspective led him to pursue a bachelor’s in Political Science with a focus on International Affairs from the University of Central Florida. Albert further prepared himself to serve his community by getting his Masters in Urban Policy from the New School, with a focus on community development. During that time he worked on community development projects in black and brown communities in West Harlem and Orange, New Jersey among others.
Vivian Latinwo-Olajide, Organiser
Vivian is a research assistant and a PhD student at the university of Leicester. Her research explores minor experiences. Specifically, her work critically investigates embodied feelings and the collective meanings around labour and education. She has previously worked for charities such as the Museum of Homelessness and on various research projects covering the themes of race, migration, gender based violence, debt and austerity. Vivian is a part of the Bristol People of Colour Collective as well as the centre for philosophy and political economy. She is especially cat like; her personal interests include eating and sleeping. She hates loud noises, loves warm lighting, blankets and her bed!
Annick Metefia, Network Coordinator
Annick was born and raised in France. During her BA and Masters Degree in anthropology she focused her research on the intergenerational dynamics of immigrant families in France, the experience of second-generation young people and their relationship to their parents' home countries and culture, looking at the works of Abdelmalek Sayad. She then studied antiracist education and facilitated workshops for teenagers in community centres and youth clubs in and around Paris. She has also been involved with the afrofeminist collective Mwasi for the past two years. Annick is passionate about documentaries, voguing, poetry, drag art and British children's literature.
Zahra Dalilah, Co-Founder
Zahra is a black feminist writer and activist from Lewisham, South London. In her professional life she is a facilitator/educator/trainer and an arts and culture writer with a focus on emancipatory black arts. She is involved in projects on black british fatherhood, youth work and social justice education and has historically been around the land and food movement, anti-gentrification work in London and more. Dreaming of a thriving independent media sector and joyful black children make her happy.
Tito Mogaji-Williams, Organiser
Tito is a journalist, spoken word performer and student activist born and bred in East London but based in the South-West.
A notorious Tweeter, he writes prolifically for various student publications on social, cultural and economic issues. More recently he has established a radio platform called BLXCKSPACE where he discusses music, diversity and politics.
Martin Henson, Co-Founder
Martin is an activist, organizer, and mental health counselor. Martin’s interests include alternative community structures, dismantling white supremacy, and intersectional movement and coalition building. Martin’s work includes being an organizer for Black Lives Matter Boston, and often speaks to various groups about the importance of BLM’s presence in the narrative of America’s history and current political climate.
Kimberly McIntosh, Organiser
Kimberly is Policy Officer at The Runnymede Trust and Race on the Agenda. She looks at the impact of Austerity on BME women, the impact of Brexit on BME communities and the urgent need for a history curriculum that features clearly migration and colonialism. She writes a column for gal-dem zine, a media collective of women and non-binary people of colour and helps organise Art the Arms Fair, which protests the DSEI biannual arms fair and raises money for Campaign Against the Arms Trade. She has an MSc in International Migration and Public Policy, and loves reading James Baldwin and watching his speeches on repeat.
Karen Larbi, Organiser
Karen works as a Campaigns Assistant at NUS, and is the Founder of POC In Nature, an online space for people of colour to explore the healing power of nature. A mental health advocate, she is also the Co-Founder of Black Woman Heal United Kingdom, an online support group for women of African descent. Karen is a lay member of Psychotherapists & Counsellors for Social Responsibility, and is interested in activist self-care, healing justice, alternative spiritualities, and intersectional, trauma-informed approaches to mental health.
Ayeisha Thomas-Smith, Co-Founder
Ayeisha is a Senior Organiser at the New Economy Organisers Network, and has led on designing and delivering Movement Builders, a national training course for activists and organisers over 2017. She has previously worked on political strategy and campaigns, on peace and dialogue in Israel/Palestine and coordinated campaigns and project around migration. Ayeisha is a black feminist and centres anti-oppression, decoloniality and intersectionality in her approach to training. She has an MA in Postcolonial Cultural Studies and Global Policy, lives for June Jordan and Octavia Butler, and teaches a Basic Beyonce dance class - all levels welcome!
Amina Gichinga, Organiser
Amina was born and lives in Newham, East London. She is a singer, vocal tutor and stood as Take Back The City's GLA candidate for the City and East London Constituency in the 2016 Mayoral & London Assembly elections. For the last five years she has been a music leader and community organiser in East London, mainly working with communities living beside London City Airport. She became a Community Campaigner with HACAN East in May 2017, organising with communities affected by London City Airport's concentrated flight paths across east and south-east London. Most recently she joined London Renters Union, focussing on building the union in Newham as an Organiser. She really enjoys singing with 'Nawi Collective', an all-black women's singing group she founded in September 2017.
Alexandra Wanjiku Delbert, Organiser
Alexandra Wanjiku Kelbert is a researcher, lecturer and London-based activist with Black Lives Matter UK. She also works with African women refugees and asylum-seekers. Born in France, Alexandra has been working to connect Black liberation groups from across Europe, meeting some incredible activists along the way. Alexandra is an avid reader of Black feminist science-fiction and struggles for nothing short of Black women visionaries’ wildest dreams of collective liberation.
Adam Elliot-Cooper, Organiser
Adam is a research associate at King's College London. He has worked with a number of campaign groups challenging policing, and currently sits on the board of The Monitoring Group. He also organises with a number of anti-racist educational campaigns, including Why Is My Curriculum White? and Rhodes Must Fall, running events and workshops in universities, colleges, schools and community organisations across England
Sheri Carr, Organiser
Sheri is an Irish born activist with a passion for training and facilitation. She previously co-founded Brick Lane Debates, an organisation dedicated to breaking down political barriers with accessible, participatory political education. Studying performing arts in her teens, Sheri loves to sing, and recently started singing in an all black womens choir: Nawi Collective.