Melina Abdullah is Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. She was among the original group of organizers that convened to form Black Lives Matter in 2013 and continues to serve as a Los Angeles chapter lead and contributes to the national leadership. She is co-host and co-producer of the weekly radio program Beautiful Struggle which airs on KPFK. Melina is originally from Oakland, California. She is a single “soccer mama” of three children and resides in Mid-City Los Angeles.