Our origin

Our Founders

London Lamar

London currently serves as the State Representative for District 91, the youngest legislator in the current 111th TN General Assembly. As a freshman legislator, she was proud to be elected as Secretary of the Tennessee House Democratic Caucus and Secretary of the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators. 

She has advocated and advanced policies on the national, state, and local levels that support families and healthcare. She has worked as an advocate for public education where she empowered, enlightened, and engaged parents and community members in failing and priority school districts to also be advocates by utilizing their voices, being knowledgeable in educational policies, and voting on those that impact public schools and its students. She also ran several state and local campaigns that contributed to helping other goal-oriented community leaders get elected into office.

She formerly served as President of the Tennessee Young Democrats from 2015-2019 where she continuously strategized, educated, uplifted, and encouraged youth across the state to make changes in their communities through civic engagement programs, voting and running for offices at all levels.


She is a member of the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL Women), National Caucus of State Legislators and National Black Caucus of State Legislators. She also previously served as Vice-Chairwoman of the Black Caucus of the Young Democrats of America. I am a proud graduate of Emerge Tennessee 2017 Fellowship, New Leaders Council (NLC) Nashville 2015 Fellowship and was selected as Memphis Flyer’s Top 20 under 30 Class of 2015, Memphis Top 40 under 40 Class of 2017, and The New Tri-State Defender Legends and Leaders Awardee!

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Michalyn Easter-Thomas

Michalyn Easter-Thomas is a public school educator, community advocate, and currently serves as the Memphis City Councilwoman for District 7. As the youngest African-American to be elected to the Memphis City Council, Michalyn is proud to work alongside her colleagues to make Memphis a more equitable place to live. Her current push for equity focus on economic access, housing development, and the support of youth initiatives in the city and public education. 

Michalyn is also the founder of the nonprofit Our Grass Our Roots, which seeks to resist gentrification in North Memphis through transformative collaboration across neighborhoods. Her nonprofit work has allowed formidable partnerships to flourish in the North Memphis area, while neighbors work towards progress all across the community. She is also a member of the Shelby County Democratic Party, where she serves in the grassroots committee. Michalyn is passionate about civic engagement, and supports various initiatives in the Memphis area. Michalyn has received the awards of Memphis Flyer’s Top 20 Under 30 Class of 2017 and Tri-State Defender’s Women of Excellence 2015.

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Donald Ray Batiste, Jr.

Donald Ray Batiste Jr. is a proud graduate of Southern University and A&M College (Baton Rouge,La) where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting. Donald’s professional background includes disaster recovery finance, corporate & governmental financial analysis and auditing. Additionally, he is passionate about social, economic justice and  addressing educational inequity. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Treasurer of the Memphis Southern University Alumni Association, CFO of Coleman Youth Development Academy (Lake Charles, LA), Board Member of The Destiny House (Memphis, TN) and Board Member at Bluff City Collegiate (Memphis,TN). Donald is currently a financial analyst at AutoZone and Lead Tax Preparer at Williams Batiste & Associates. 

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