Institution-Builder

Umoja has helped build community institutions in Atlanta. He and his wife, Aminata, and their Atlanta comrades, founded the popular Malcolm X Festival in Atlanta in 1989. He also helped expand the celebration of Kwanzaa in Atlanta serving as a member of the Metropolitan Atlanta Kwanzaa Association from 1985 until 1988. As a board member of the non-profit organization, Community Aid and Development, Umoja participated in the founding of the Malcolm X Center for Self-Determination in Decatur, Georgia in 1993. He also supported youth development and rites of passage programs. Umoja, his wife Aminata, and other committed activists initiated the Atlanta chapter of the New Afrikan Scout Organization in 1985. Umoja also served as a mentor for the New Afrikan Panther organization, where he worked with and developed a relationship with Tupac Shakur, before the young artist became an internationally known superstar. Akinyele has supported his wife, Aminata, in founding Kilombo Academic and Cultural Institute. Kilombo is an academically rigorous, culturally relevant, spiritually grounded independent school committed to social justice. Kilombo educates children from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Umoja has performed dozens of New Afrikan naming ceremonies, weddings, and other rites of passage ceremonies for households in Atlanta and across the United States.