Our People

 

CMB member, Mamyrah Prosper smiling in a garden. Black and white photo.

MAMYRAH PROSPER

PAN-AFRICAN SOLIDARITY NETWORK ORGANIZER

Mamyrah Prosper is an organizer in the United States and Haiti. She received her Ph.D. in Global & Sociocultural Studies with a concentration in Cultural Anthropology as well as graduate certificates in African & African Diaspora Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies from Florida International University. She also holds an M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University as well as a B.A. in Political Science and Africana Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Her doctoral work centered on a coalition of social movement organizations calling for an end to the ongoing “non-governmental” occupation of Haiti. She is interested in the construction of neocolonial nationalist ideologies and collective identities in relation to race and class, gender and sexuality, education and language, and religion. Prosper has served as an organizer with land and housing rights organizations Take Back the Land-Miami.

photo of Gabriel Mont-Reynaud

Gabriel Mont-Reynaud

FOOD SUSTAINABILITY DIRECTOR ​

Gabriel Mont-Reynaud owns and operates Pangea Farms, an innovative sustainable off grid aquaponic farm located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Pangea Farms is the culmination of 14 years experimenting, designing and implementing aquaponic systems large and small. Gabriel has designed his system around resource conservation and renewable energy, such as rainwater collection and solar power energy. What makes Pangea Farms truly unique is the incorporation of marine shrimp as the primary aquatic species as opposed to more common freshwater fish such as tilapia. Gabriel’s vision for Pangea Farms in the future is to establish aquaponic farms in every major city nationwide and eventually worldwide.

CMB member, Yusef Bunchy Shakur outside holding a young boy with a defiant expression.

YUSEF BUNCHY SHAKUR

DETROIT CHAPTER LEAD ORGANIZER

Yusef Bunchy Shakur, is a father, author, educator, community organizer, and entrepreneur. He grew up in a struggling single parent household surrounded by violence and crime and eventually co-founded the notorious street gang “Zone 8”, which led to his incarceration at the age of nineteen for a crime he says he did not commit.

He met his father for the first time in prison where they were both serving time. During his sentence he began a journey of transformation, in large part thanks to his father, from a gang member into an revolutionary who would eventually leave prison and continue on a path of redemption. Today Yusef travels the country to speak to youth about his experiences and to steer young people away from a life of violence and crime and to organize for change in the neighborhood of “Zone 8” where members of his family and many friends still live.

CMB member, Yafeuh Balogun standing outside with two fingers up.

YAFEUH BALOGUN

DALLAS CHAPTER LEAD ORGANIZER

Yafeuh Balogun has always been surrounded by the socially conscious movement through his parents and extended family who were active in the Black Power era. He was taught the value of community by his father’s consistent example of love for his fellow neighbor. Yafeuh has developed many social programs in Dallas including Community Unification Day to detour fratricide, seek unity and to promote a holistic lifestyle and healthy living.

He is a co-founder of Guerrilla Mainframe (GMF) and the Huey P. Newton Gun Club. He and his comrade Rakem Balogun were targeted by the FBI for advocating community self-defense. Rakem was arrested by the FBI under the guise of the Black Identity Extremist Label.  Yafeuf started the Balogun Defense Committee which helped in the dropping of all charges against Rakem. Yafeuh is a graduate of El Centro College with a Degree in Applied Science. Yafeuh has been interviewed about his work within the community by some top publications, include: CBS, NBC,  and The New York Times.

CMB founder, Kamau Franklin with his arm across his chest in a fist with a defiant expression.

KAMAU K. FRANKLIN

FOUNDER

Kamau Franklin is the founder of Community Movement Builders, Inc. Kamau has been a dedicated community organizer for over thirty years, beginning in New York City and now based in Atlanta. For 18 of those years, Kamau was a leading member of a national grassroots organization dedicated to the ideas of self-determination and the teachings of Malcolm X.

He has spearheaded organizing work in various areas including youth organizing and development, police misconduct, and the development of sustainable urban communities. Kamau has coordinated and led community cop-watch programs, liberation/freedom schools for youth, electoral and policy campaigns, large-scale community gardens, organizing collectives and alternatives to incarceration programs. Kamau was an attorney for ten years in New York with his own practice in criminal, civil rights and transactional law. He now lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and two children.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr. Yolande Tomlinson
Dr. Mamyrah Prosper
Edget Betru