I am an author, Broadway playwright, motivational speaker, corporate trainer, and international sports marketing consultant. I founded Citizens Opposing Profile Police Stops in 1995 and lobbied for H.R. 118, the 1998 Traffic Stops Statistics Act, in the 105th Congress. I have been featured in the New York Times and U.S. News and World Report, and I was part of a White House/U.S. Department of Justice problem-solving group focused on policing, working with Attorneys General Janet Reno and Eric Holder.
My passion for justice comes from my relative and idol, civil rights lawyer Constance Baker-Motley, who was Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall’s law partner on major cases involving Martin Luther King and Brown vs. Board of Education.
My most important job of all is being a father to my two sons, who grew up in the Grove. Both were International Baccalaureate students at Coral Gables High School. My older son has an MBA from the University of Miami, and my younger son went to Georgia Tech and has a Bachelors from Tennessee State University. I explained to my sons that the great aim of education is not wisdom or knowledge, but action! Uplifting our youth is a necessity, as I exhibited when serving as VP of Virrick Park Executive Committee, where I brought HBO and NBA All Stars to provide a free life skills clinic to over 100 West Grove youth.
After producing NBA star Alonzo Mourning’s golf tournament in Virginia in 1999, I came to “Zo’s Groove,” Miami, and found home. The Grove has some of the best amenities in the world, while the West Grove struggles. For that reason, I am now a member of Village Council. I see a need for more alliances, coalitions, and collaboration, and as a member of the Village Council I will work toward that goal.