Dr. Wes Bellamy is a City Councilman in Charlottesville, Virginia and a Political Science Professor at Virginia State University. He is the youngest individual ever elected to the post. He came into the national spotlight after leading 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.
Dr. Bellamy’s primary focus is on improving the lives of those who lack resources and positive role models in their lives. He is a non-profit founder and executive, local activist, organizer, and civic leader. While looking to connect African American Millennials throughout the country, Dr. Bellamy spearheaded the inaugural Black Millennial Political Convention in Washington D.C. An event that featured over 200 Black Millennials from across the country, with different political backgrounds and expertise, different upbringings, and different philosophies, but shared one common goal: Empowering and Connecting African American Millennials.
Dr. Bellamy currently serves as the President of the award winning mentoring organization 100 Black Men of Central Virginia, is the Founder and Executive Director of “We Code, Too” a computer programming and coding non-profit focused on building a pipeline for Black and Latinx youth in the tech industry, serves on the Charlottesville Housing and Redevelopment Board, serves as Co-Chair of the Gang Reduction through Active Community Engagement (GRACE) task force, and serves on the Charlottesville/Albemarle Jail Authority Board. He received his Doctoral Degree at Virginia State University in 2017.
He has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, and has made appearances on CNN, MSNBC, PBS News Hour, NPR and On One with Angela Rye.