Kannette King joined SCHR’s Public Policy Unity as the Movement Policy Associate in October 2023. Native to Southeast Georgia, Kannette is dedicated to uplifting and amplifying the voices and stories of Black Southern folk.
Before joining SCHR, Kannette was the 2020 Ruby Hurley Legal at the Davis Bozeman Johnson Law Firm, and she also interned with the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit Public Defenders office. Being a member of the JUSTGeorgia Coalition, Kannette has served as the organization’s field organizer, impacted families solidarity committee leader, and as a Garrison Fellowship Coordinator.
Kannette graduated from Spelman College in May 2023 and received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in film and cultural studies. Her research centered on the media’s representation of Black folks in the South and the racial and prejudicial framing of their experiences. During her undergraduate years, Kannette was an active student organizer, advocating alongside families of people impacted by police violence and the movement against the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center. Throughout the summer of 2023, Kannette was an intern with the Movement, Memory, and Justice Initiative through the Mellon Foundation, conducting research and documenting oral histories of the Gullah Geechee people in the low country. She was able to support communities, learn, and advocate for Black land ownership and cultural exposure.