Perspectives on human rights and social justice in America
July 11, 2019
Introduced by Lion John Nyfeler
Nelson Linder, born in Georgia in 1958, arrived in Austin in 1981, after serving in the US Army. He graduated from Huston-Tillotson University in ’84 with a degree in personnel management and industrial relations and went into the insurance business, initially with Allstate. He has owned and operated Linder Insurance Agency since 2006.
In 1992, he founded the controversial Garvey/Allen/Washington project, an organization that combined the philosophies of Marcus Garvey, Richard Allen and Booker T. Washington. The organization focused on self-empowerment and social justice for African Americans.
In 2000, he was elected president of the Austin NAACP. He has been interviewed by The Washington Post, CNN, BET and media throughout Texas. His work on police brutality has received national recognition. Linder’s 2005 role in establishing the African American Quality of Life Initiative led to the creation in Austin of the African American Resource Advisory Commission the following year.
Since 2006, Linder has served as a radio talk show host on KAZI 88.7 FM on a show that combines music with current affairs and emphasizes local participation as the key to political empowerment.
Linder compares his work to a crusade and believes valuable lessons learned from the past are the key to the future of the human rights movement.
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