RON Dellums, Co-Founder of JUst cities
Ron Dellums has embodied JUSTICE FOR ALL throughout his entire life. The first African American elected to office in Oakland, one of the first Democratic Socialists in Congress, the first African American and anti-war activist to serve as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, co-founder of the federal HIV/AIDS program for African countries (PEPFAR), co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus, co-founder of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, co-founder of the precursor to My Brother's Keeper Initiative--the Dellums Commission on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, one of the first honorary male members of the Congressional Women's Caucus, leader of the South African anti-apartheid divestment movement.
Our inspiration comes from the legacy of Congressman Ron Dellums. In 1967, Ron's life was forever shaped by Dr. King’s speech at UC Berkeley. For over 50 years, Ron implemented Dr. King’s teaching that the true path of justice is when we work for all peoples and on all issues that define our collective humanity. That is why he took up the mantle early in the peace, anti- apartheid, women’s, HIV/AIDS, immigrants’, environmental, and other movements. He saw the connections between the injustices committed and the commonality of struggles. He has inspired thousands to share a vision of building an inclusive peace and justice movement.