Introducing Dr. Calvin Mackie

In our continuing effort to present unique and authoritative voices and perspectives on the days’ issues, I’m honored to introduce Dr. Calvin Mackie as a new guest contributor to The SuperSpade. He’ll be writing on a variety of issues including Hurricane Katrina and the recovery efforts, as well as motivational, societal, and politcal pieces.

Besides being a close mentor and dear friend of mine, Dr. Mackie is a speaker, author, and public servant who currently sits on the Louisiana Recovery Authority. More about him here.

I’m excited about what he’ll bring and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it all.

One Love. One II.

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About Garlin Gilchrist II

I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora and am a National Campaign Director at I currently live in Washington, DC with my beautiful wife Ellen. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. Today I work at the crossroads of traditional political organizing and online activism. I speak before diverse audiences on empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation though emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet.

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