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NCOBPS President-Elect


Meet the President-Elect (2017-2019): Sekou Franklin, Ph.D.


Sekou Franklin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and is the Coordinator of Urban Studies Minor Program at MTSU.  He is the author of After the Rebellion: Social Movement Activism and Popular Mobilization among the Post-Civil Rights Generation (NYU Press, 2014) and editor of the State of Blacks in Middle Tennessee, a study sponsored by the Urban League of Middle Tennessee. 

He has published works on black and racial politics, youth activism, urban politics, social movements, health care, community organizing, juvenile justice, civil rights, the death penalty, and Venezuelan politics.  These works appeared in publications such as Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Black History Bulletin, Social Sciences, Polity, Community Development Journal, Social Identities, and National Political Science Review.  He has also published commentaries in the Boston Review, Tennessee Tribune, Nashville Scene, Tennessean, Jackson Sun, and Atlanta Blackstar. 

Franklin has served on the Executive Committee of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and Southern Political Science Association’s Committee of the Status of African Americans in the South.  He was trained to provide expert reports for voting rights cases by the Southern Coalition for Social Justice’s Community Census and Redistricting Institute, and was appointed to the Tennessee Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 2016. 

He has received several awards for his work with grassroots organizations: MTSU’s John Pleas Faculty Award and Faculty Student Success Award; President’s Award and Maxine & Vasco Smith Award given by the Tennessee State Conference of NAACP; Tennessee Alliance for Progress’s “Green Hero” Award; Advocate of the Year Award by Tennessee Citizen Action; and Rutherford County/Murfreesboro Magazine Young Professionals Awards. 

Franklin is a resident of Nashville.  He is married to Tene’ Hamilton Franklin and is the proud father of two daughters, Sojourner and Langston.



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