Mr. Malik Yakini

African American Food Justice Activist
Detroit, Michigan
United States

Focus Areas

Community & Civic Engagement
Food Systems
Food Systems
Finance / Fundraising / Administration


Malik Kenyatta Yakini is an activist and educator who is committed to freedom and justice for African people in particular and humanity in general. Yakini is a founder and the Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, which operates a seven-acre farm in Detroit and spearheaded efforts to establish the Detroit Food Policy Council, which he chaired from December 2009 - May 2012. He served as a member of the Michigan Food Policy Council from 2008 - 2010. From 2011 - 2013 he served on the steering committee of Uprooting Racism Planting Justice. From 1990 - 2011 he served as Executive Director of Nsoroma Institute Public School Academy, one of Detroit's leading African-centered schools. In 2006 he was honored as "Administrator of the Year" by the Michigan Association of Public School Academies. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of Timbuktu Academy of Science and Technology from 2004 - 2011. He is C.E.O. of Black Star Educational Management. He is dedicated to working to identify and alleviate the impact of racism and white privilege on the food system. He has an intense interest in contributing to the development of an international food sovereignty movement that embraces Blacks farmers in the Americas, the Caribbean and Africa. He views the "good food revolution" as part of the larger movement for freedom, justice and equality. Yakini has presented at numerous local community meetings and national conferences on food justice and implementing community food security practices. He is featured in the book "Blacks Living Green," and the recent movie "Urban Roots." He served as an Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy "Food and Community Fellow" from 2011-May 2013, and currently serves as a Business Alliance for Living Local Economies (BALLE) Localist Fellow. He is a vegan and an avid organic grower. He is a musician who plays guitar, bass and dundun drums. He has traveled to Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Cote d'Ivoire, Jamaica and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He is the father of three and the grandfather of one.