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In Loving Memory of Dr. Keith (Kamu) Jennings

Feb 22, 2021


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On the Passing of Dr. Keith (Kamu) Jennings

There are some people who come into the world to experience it, and others who come into the world to shape it. Dr. Keith (Kamu) Jennings was both. He had a deep and abiding love for oppressed Peoples, and his lifetime of advocacy made the world a better place. But he also had a calm, comforting, and enduring presence that communicated that he was present, with you, in the moment, seeing you, supporting you, and loving you. We will forever miss you, Kamu.

Dr. Keith Jennings was the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the US Human Rights Network from 2013 - 2017, a very important and iconic time in the Network’s history. He provided support, leadership, guidance, and resources to the movement which enabled the voices of countless advocates to be heard at the national and international levels. Even when his tenure was completed, he continued to engage with the Network, making sure that we had a seat at important tables and, just after the election in November 2020, he shared his brilliant insights on the implications of the election, during our USHRN member call. You can watch that video here.

At the time of his transition, Dr. Keith Jennings was President of the African American Center on Global Politics and Human Rights.  He was a democratic development and human rights specialist with extensive comparative experience derived over 25 years working in more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.  He served in senior positions with Amnesty International, the Carter Center, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) and the World Council of Churches. Dr. Jennings had been a resident country director, promoting democratic governance in Ghana, Indonesia, Liberia, Nigeria, the Philippines, South Africa, and Zambia. He had spoken before the African Union, the Centers for Disease Control, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Organization of American States, the United Nations and the United States’ Congress.  

Dr. Jennings was an HBCU standout, receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Fisk University and his PhD from Clark Atlanta University. He served as an adjunct Professor at American University, Clark Atlanta University, Howard University, Georgia Tech, and Morehouse School of Medicine and was the recipient of the Interfaith Alliance’s prestigious Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award.     

For all of those who loved Kamu as we loved him, you are invited to a virtual memorial coordinated by his loved ones on March 6 at 9am to 11am EST to celebrate his life, work and legacy.  To attend the memorial, tune in via Facebook @GeorgiaSTANDUP or Youtube at Georgia STANDUP.  You can also email for more information.


USHRN also invites you to write or draw a tribute to him on this wall as a way of letting everyone know that his commitment, his legacy, his laughter, and his love will not be forgotten.

With love and in mourning,

The US Human Rights Network Community