Rosa Alicia Clemente (born April 18, 1972) is an American community organizer, independent journalist, and hip-hop activist. She was the vice presidential running mate of 2008 Green Party Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election.
Rosa Clemente, a current Ph.D. student in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst, is the 2022 recipient of the University at Albany Alumni Association’s Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award. She was formally honored at Alumni Association's Excellence Awards Gala, Saturday, April 30 at Wolferts Roost Country Club in Albany.
We speak with Rosa Clemente and Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele about the state of political prisoners and and surviving authoritarianism. Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele is the former Director of Community Organizing at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. He is a father, husband, longtime community organizer and educator from Central Brooklyn. From 1994 – 1998 Lumumba served as programming coordinator at the 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 is Board Chair at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute.
Activist Rosa Clemente offered students advice on how to be effective grassroots organizers and shared lessons from her 30 years of advocacy experience during a virtual event hosted by AUSG Women’s Initiative Thursday. Clemente, an independent journalist, scholar-activist and community organizer, was the first Afro-Latina vice presidential candidate in United...