Cynthia Ann McKinney
Cynthia Ann Mc Kinney was born in Atlanta, Georgia on March 17, 1955. She is the daughter of one of Atlanta` s first Black law enforcement officers and former Georgia State Representative Billy McKinney and retired nurse, Leola Mc Kinney.
Having received strong academic achievement in Atlanta as a child, Cynthia attended and studied at the most prestigious academic institutions in the United States. She earned a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California, a Masters of Art in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and she will complete her PH.D (Doctor of Philosophy) at Berkeley, flagship campus of the University of California.
Cynthia` s debut into public office came in 1988 when she was elected to the Georgia State Legislature. In 1992, Cynthia made history when she became the first African American woman from Georgia to serve in the United States House of Representatives.
While in Congress, from 1992-2002, Cynthia worked hard for the people of Georgia, as she became a voice for the voiceless. She provided a seat at the table for people long left out of Georgia` s political and economic mainstream. The result was more hope and more representation at the local level for black people and people of low wealth throughout the rural black belt of Georgia. Cynthia has brought hundreds of millions of dollars to her Georgia constituents and has fought underrepresented communities.
Her pioneering work on behalf of black farmers led to the United States Department of Agriculture admitting that it had, indeed, discriminated against black farmers for decades.
During her tenure in the U.S. Congress, Cynthia Mc Kinney became a household name in many countries around the globe. Cynthia easily won recognition as an outspoken leader for human rights; an ardent advocate for peace; and a determined worker for justice....