Hi! My name is Keith D. Knox Jr, and I am the new Tzedek Fellow working with the Center for Participatory Change (CPC). I am the descendant of many hard working ancestors who made Asheville and surrounding areas their home. I am the son of Rev. Keith and Deborah Knox Sr. of Asheville and Fletcher. I have lived between Atlanta, GA and Asheville, NC for most of my life. I recently obtained two degrees from the University of North Carolina Asheville in Political Science and Africana Studies.
My life has been filled with many experiences good and bad, which have shaped who I am today, but in these last few years, I have seen the most growth. I have opened up and almost fully came into the person I was made to be. I found my voice and fight for justice during my time at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The new found voice, fight, and activism at times was awarded with praise, but also backlash even from people who looked like myself. What helped me the most was taking my Black Political Science classes, where I learned about more than just about Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks. I was introduced to Stokely Carmichael, David Walker, and Fannie Lou Hamer to name just a few. I wanted to be like them and fight the system that was still upon the back, throat, and necks of people of color.
During my time with the CPC I hope to be a great team member asset to everyone already involved in the fight. I want to work with many people and organizations in the community dealing with people of color and their experiences. I want to have many programs and talks that deal with the Black and Brown Church and sexuality, Sam I am, which will deal with being Black within many different factors, and starting a book club that will deal with Black and Latinx authors.