Wes Bellamy is the author of “Monumental: It Was Never About a Statue.” He also is a City Councilman in Charlottesville, Va., interim chair of the Department of Political Science at Virginia State University, and one of the global thought leaders of the Millennial Generation. He is the youngest individual ever to be elected to Charlottesville City Council. He came into the national spotlight after helping lead the effort to remove statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson from City Parks.
He developed a comprehensive plan, the “Equity Package,” which included nearly $4 million in aid for marginalized communities, and pushed it through city council. He is the founder of the Black Millennial Political Convention, which is focused on bringing together African-American millennials from across the country to collectively use their power to create change. He has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS News Hour, NPR, and On One with Angela Rye.