Profile: Mikell H.

OFA Fellow / Atlanta, GA

“From that point, I began to think, “what else can I do with my life that would be important?”

Shortly after the shock of the 2016 election, Mikell of Decatur, Georgia, says he received a call from a close colleague who operates a locally-based non-profit program for the homeless. “What are we going to do?” he asked. For Mikell, that conversation wasn’t just commiseration; it was a reminder that this was a moment — and now was the time to step up.

Mikell is no stranger to the call to bring change to his community. In 2008, he volunteered for then-Senator Barack Obama during the Democratic primaries. By the time Senator Obama clinched the nomination, Mikell had become a Neighborhood Team Leader in his East Point community. When the election was over, Mikell knew the fight for change wasn’t. Since 2009, he has continued to gather his neighbors together, knocking on doors and making phone calls to help advocate for important national and local issues.

Time and time again, the fight for a better future presents us all with an opportunity — a choice to either step up or sit out. For OFA supporters, that choice is an easy one. Today, Mikell is as active as ever, and he’s not alone — he’s among thousands across the country who are organizing to protect Obamacare, to prevent gun violence, and fight for a fairer democracy. He’s currently serving as both a Fellows Leader and Chapter Leader for OFA Atlanta.