If you are a resident of Atlanta, you may have heard the name, Kwanza Hall, once or twice before. If you haven’t, allow this to be an introduction. Kwanza Hall is a city councilman for District 2 in Atlanta. That covers the neighborhoods of Atlantic Station,Castleberry Hill, Downtown, Home Park, Inman Park, the Marietta Artery, Sweet Auburn and the Martin Luther King Historic District, Midtown, Poncey-Highland, and the Old Fourth Ward. Hall was first elected to join the city council in 2005, in 2009 he was reelected without opposition. He is currently serving his third term on the city council.
Kwanza Hall has been a very active figure in the development of Atlanta is many aspects. Before joining the city council, Hall was a member of Atlanta’s Board of Education, where he put forth effective efforts to closing the achievement gap and has been a contributing member to reforms that have improved the performance of Atlanta Public Schools on statewide tests. He has also worked with Andrew Young’s, Good Works International, a human rights and public service consulting firm. Hall is an advocate for community improvement and strongly focuses on sustainable development of in-town neighborhoods, land use, and historical preservation. He has played a role in bringing the Atlanta Beltline to fruition.
Hall has been recognized for his undying compassion for the city of Atlanta and the residents in it. He was voted one of the 100 Most Influential Atlantans by an independent media panel. In 2009, he was voted “Best Local Political Figure” by local publication, Creative Loafing. Organizations and institutions such as L.E.A.D Atlanta, the Regional Leadership Institute, Leadership Georgia, Georgia State University, and the German Marshall Memorial Fellowship Program have all showed appreciation for Hall’s work. As a native of Atlanta, graduate of Benjamin E. Hayes High School, and now a resident himself, Kwanza Hall is in tuned with the people of the city of Atlanta and is aware of what they need and want.
If anyone knows what it means to be an activist and what it takes to be effective, Kwanza Hall does. That is why he will be participating during the A3C Festival & Conference at The People Assembly: Movement Beyond A # panel discussion. There, Hall will share different ways you can escape the bubble of social media activism and become a more physical presence in the progression of your community.