Student Profiles

Lumumba, Bakari
Master of Public Administration Candidate

Bakari Lumumba received his bachelor’s degree from Wright State University in 2014 and is currently in his second year of the Master of Public Administration program, focusing his research on urban economic development, ethics, police accountability and finance. During his time at Wright State, he completed an undergraduate research grant called “African American Repatriation to Tanzania: A Contemporary Analysis of Rhetoric and Reason.” Bakari has received numerous awards including the NIA (Purpose) Award from Sinclair Community College in 2010, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference MLK Jr. Community Service Award in 2013, the Nation of Islam Black Excellence Award in 2015, the Wright State University Black Student Union Marcus Garvey Award in 2015 and the Wright State University College of Liberal Arts Alumni of the Year Award in 2016. Bakari is a devout Pan-Africanist and a father of two children: Amir J. Lumumba (9) and Zaina M. Lumumba (6). Bakari enjoys reading, boxing, weightlifting, mentoring and motivational speaking.