Emery Wright is the Co-Director of Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty & Genocide. Project South is a membership-based social justice organization and movement building institution rooted in the US South. Project South provides leadership development and political analysis to support community organizing. Project South organizes for popular democracy and community governance practices at the grassroots and facilitates movement alliances, coalitions and convergences to build the base of movement organizations and connection between struggles.
Over the past 15 years, Emery has worked extensively in the areas of youth development, community and tenant organizing, leadership development, and nonprofit organizational development. As an educator, Emery develops and facilitates curriculum using popular education to build analysis and strategy at the grassroots within the fields of Black studies, U.S. history, social movements and youth leadership development. Before working at Project South, Emery worked for five years as the founder and Executive Director of The Nia Project, a Black youth organization doing community organizing in Massachusetts, South Carolina and Georgia. During this same time period he co-founded and facilitated a Black Studies course at South Bay Prison and a sister program on the outside called Breaking the Cycle.
Emery is a public speaker in a wide range of settings including prisons, community, college campuses and youth organizing spaces. He has traveled to build relationships of solidarity between his work and human rights or social justice work in East Africa, Southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Emery is also a producer & Engineer for Youth Speak Truth Radio on WRFG 89.3FM in Atlanta, GA.