In November 2014, the fight for collective liberation summoned Trinidad Jackson’s mind, body, and spirit back to his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, to act as a disruptor and a movement scientist. The Ferguson Uprising—sparked by Michael Brown’s murder—provided a landscape that trajected his critical social action and research from St. Louis to Louisville.
Upon returning to Louisville in 2015, he led participatory community research that explored power, oppression, and the need for critical consciousness and action through the lenses of justice, safety, hope, and racial equity. This engagement and critical data informed his team’s approach, which ultimately led to a CDC Center of Excellence designation for violence prevention research.
Across cities and countries, Trinidad has created, led, and supported scholarship, practice, and activism covering the ecological spectrum that centers human rights, sociopolitical development, healing, and liberation. In April and May 2021, he respectively took on new leadership roles as the assistant dean for culture and liberation at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and as senior advisor within Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services to further lead, learn, and transform policies, systems, and environments in ways that prioritize collective liberation. Within the past year, he was presented with the Nolen Allen Man of Distinction and the Outstanding Student/Employee of the Year awards for his professional and community-related efforts.