The Heart of a Revolutionary
J. Garrett Green, J.D, M.S
- Social Justice Strategist -
What makes me a Revolutionary? I am not afraid of change. As a matter of fact, I know change must occur in order to allow growth. Within my personal growth, I have had many experiences to shape my way of thinking.
I was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida in October of 1986. I grew up in a household consisting of my Mother, a Sister, & 2 Grandparents. My family is very close-knit. This close relationship with my family is where I was able to develop my morals and values because of their raising me in St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Being raised in the Church gave me a good foundation for my spiritual beliefs.
My mom kept me heavily involved in activities and sports, which I enjoyed, but were never my passion. Many of my life lessons, as a child, I learned from the wisdom of my grandfather, who after retiring from the Air Force, was a small business owner opening a automotive repair shop. My grandmother, I can remember always asking me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I would say "a lawyer." I remember stories of my grandmother having my mother and 2 aunts at marches, during the Civil Rights Movement. All of my family continues to inspire to this day.
During my undergraduate studies, I learned much about myself. Part of this was developing the skill of optimism. Being optimistic was important for me because it gave me hope. I needed hope in the future, causing me to change my way of thinking and how I viewed the world.
In 2009, I graduated from the University of South Alabama, with a degree in criminal justice, and began working in the social services field. I earned a Master of Science in criminal justice, from Troy University, while working in social services. After a period of time investigating child abuse for the Florida Department of Children & Families, I left to attend law school.
I would not learn my passion until the age of 26, as I matriculated in the Law Center at the Southern University A&M College System. Shortly after beginning my law school career, seeing how I could use the law to stop unjust killings and racial injustice within this country and world, brought to fruition my "Seriousness of Purpose." Since the George Zimmerman verdict, and every subsequent modern-lynching of Black & Brown People, I have dedicated my time, focus, and energy towards Revolution of the People to Stop Injustice.
Nowadays, I am still working towards revolution to end racial injustice, working towards socio-economic equality for all. I believe in using my skills as an educator and attained legal knowledge, to be proactive in seeking justice. I believe change will come, even if I do not live to see it. I know education can provide access, which is why I choose to be an educator because good teacher is always a pupil of life.
Currently, I serve as the Social Justice Strategist for the J. Garrett Green Center to Resolve, LLC. As a social justice strategist, I assist in the development of plans of civic demonstration, to address issues of human rights, civil rights, & equality. Additionally, I engage various communities through educational seminars to create more informed citizens, regarding knowledge of one’s constitutional rights. A key aspect is understanding how to effect commerce and economics, in order to make an impact towards each cause.
Lastly, I have previously been certified by the Supreme Court of Florida in Circuit Civil matters, as a mediator. Also, I have completed training with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Being a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., I enjoy mentoring and speaking with youth and young adults about the importance of education, knowing one's rights, and entrepreneurship.