MovementForward, Incorporated (MFI) is a continuum of the social change linage that emanates from the leadership of the generation of nonviolent advocates that served on the front lines of democracy during the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Amidst passionate and seemingly divisive public outcries that erupted following the controversial deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, and nine members of a historic African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, South Carolina, MFI was created as a contemporary vehicle to unite people in the continuing fight for equality.
On February 15, 2015, 58th anniversary of the day Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference was formed in 1957, twelve respected young clergymen, all under forty (40) years old, co-hosted MFI's initial meeting in the basement of Atlanta's historic Mount Olive Baptist Church with noted next generation human and civil rights leader, Reverend Markel Hutchins. The intergenerational gathering attracted dozens of seasoned faith leaders including civil rights icon U.S. Representative John Lewis; celebrated scholar, author and collegiate administrator Dr. Robert Michael Franklin; and renowned pastor and iconic activist, Dr. Gerald Durley.
On April 9, 2015, 47th anniversary of Dr. King's funeral, a diverse group of clergy, business, political, civic and student leaders gathered at Atlanta's tony Commerce Club to formally announce the launch of MFI during a news conference hosted by the prestigious Atlanta Press Club. That day, MovementForward, Inc. was incorporated in the state of Georgia as a nonprofit corporation. On October 13, 2015, MovementForward, Inc. was designated a 501(c)3 public charity by the Internal Revenue Service.