Kehinde Garrison

Fellow

South Carolina

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As a Fellow for Root & Rebound’s South Carolina office, Kehinde Garrison brings a passion and wealth of experience. He is uniquely suited to address the specific challenges effecting system-impacted individuals and families in South Carolina.

He is the son of military parents from Anderson, South Carolina, and Kehinde was born abroad in Oxford, England. His youth was filled with the travel associated with a military lifestyle. It provided him the opportunity to venture across America and beyond. This exposure to diversity contributes to his world view of bridge-building, open-mindedness, and strong relationship-fostering. He attended Oberlin College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a minor African American Studies. After college, Kehinde worked for Governor Parris Glendening, former Governor of Maryland, as an assistant to the Chief of Staff. Kehinde was the project manager for the Governor’s initiative to supply internet access to all schools. His efforts were directly responsible for closing the digital divide across Maryland. After making a lateral transition to the Department of Budget and Management, he moved onto New York to create and manage online communities of color.

In 2004, Kehinde was arrested and convicted regarding a matter that directly stemmed fromracial profiling. This experience and its collateral consequences caused an expansive and unexpected downward spiral in his life’s trajectory. “Being arrested for basically ‘walking while black’ really made me feel that I was classified as third-class citizen and rendered my education, experience, and accomplishments moot. Becoming a fellow at Root & Rebound has given me hope and purpose that I believe I can pass along to others,” Kehinde says.

Kehinde is an avid fan of music, basketball, martial arts, and dancing. He is a self-published author of “American Delinquents: An Edutainment Novel” and a casual sailor. Kehinde’s life-long goal is to become a global citizen and travel the world on a 42’ catamaran (which is a type of sailboat, for those individuals “without their sea legs”).

Kehinde Garrison

Fellow

South Carolina

Email Kehinde

As a Fellow for Root & Rebound’s South Carolina office, Kehinde Garrison brings a passion and wealth of experience. He is uniquely suited to address the specific challenges effecting system-impacted individuals and families in South Carolina.

He is the son of military parents from Anderson, South Carolina, and Kehinde was born abroad in Oxford, England. His youth was filled with the travel associated with a military lifestyle. It provided him the opportunity to venture across America and beyond. This exposure to diversity contributes to his world view of bridge-building, open-mindedness, and strong relationship-fostering. He attended Oberlin College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a minor African American Studies. After college, Kehinde worked for Governor Parris Glendening, former Governor of Maryland, as an assistant to the Chief of Staff. Kehinde was the project manager for the Governor’s initiative to supply internet access to all schools. His efforts were directly responsible for closing the digital divide across Maryland. After making a lateral transition to the Department of Budget and Management, he moved onto New York to create and manage online communities of color.

In 2004, Kehinde was arrested and convicted regarding a matter that directly stemmed fromracial profiling. This experience and its collateral consequences caused an expansive and unexpected downward spiral in his life’s trajectory. “Being arrested for basically ‘walking while black’ really made me feel that I was classified as third-class citizen and rendered my education, experience, and accomplishments moot. Becoming a fellow at Root & Rebound has given me hope and purpose that I believe I can pass along to others,” Kehinde says.

Kehinde is an avid fan of music, basketball, martial arts, and dancing. He is a self-published author of “American Delinquents: An Edutainment Novel” and a casual sailor. Kehinde’s life-long goal is to become a global citizen and travel the world on a 42’ catamaran (which is a type of sailboat, for those individuals “without their sea legs”).

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