ABOUT AKIL KHALFANI

Khalfani as well as many other residents of the 10th district are currently underrepresented in Congress and as a result, he has stepped up to have the difficult conversations about the path forward for all Americans. As a change agent, author, and professor with a long history of community service Khalfani is recognized for his work by the United States Congress, the California State Senate, the New Jersey State Assembly, and several municipalities in New Jersey.

Akil has been fighting to create a more fair, just, and equitable American society for most of my life. As a sociologist, he has written and taught about inequality and injustices in our society. He is working to broaden the impact of this work by running for Congress for the people of New Jersey’s 10th Congressional district. He is striving to give back for the hundreds of people who made it possible for him be here today.

Akil has developed a progressive agenda for positive change in American society. He has not been satisfied with the status quo. He is willing to step outside of his comfort zones to create spaces for courageous and possibly difficult conversations about the path forward for all Americans.

Akil is a community servant, author, and professor. He earned my doctorate in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently the Director for the Center for Global Education and Experiences, Director of the Africana Institute and Associate Professor of Sociology at Essex County College, in Newark, New Jersey. He is the author of "The Hidden Debate: The Truth Revealed about the Battle over Affirmative Action in South Africa and the United States." He has contributed to several other books.
He has been recognized for community service work by the United States Congress, the California and New York State Senate, the New Jersey and New York State Assembly, and several municipalities in New Jersey and New York. He was the Vice President of the West Orange African Heritage Organization, and a Commissioner on the West Orange Human Relations Commission. I was also an Advisor to the UNESCO Center for Global Education and previously served as a member on the Essex-Newark Coalition to End Homelessness. As a member of the People’s Organization for Progress, he has been actively engaged in the struggles for justice and equality in American society, criminal justice reform, and voting rights.

He lives in West Orange with his wife Sia and their children.
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