Omowale Adewale (42) is the father of two daughters, Rayne (19) and Aziza (13) and a son Chisore (11). At the age of 15, he went vegetarian for 20 years, and has since been vegan for the last 8 years.
Omowale shares a background of 20+ years of community organizing among Black People in areas of art, food, music, labor, youth mentorship, juvenile justice, police misconduct and healthcare delivery. He is the founder and organizer within Black VegFest. He is a co-founder and the director for Grassroots Artists Movement and CC member with Malcolm X Grassroots Movement’s NY chapter.
He completed his fellowship in preventing violence against youth in 2005 with the Fund for Social Justice/FAR Fund. Since his 20’s, Omowale has taught leadership trainings in the US and Nigeria and has educated individuals and organizations transitioning to a vegan lifestyle in India, the UK and North America. His teachings flow from a praxis of unapologetically Black and vegan intersectionality to connect social justice to healthy people, animal welfare and a healing planet.
Wale is a former MMA fighter and former champion in both boxing and kickboxing at various weight classes. With a focus on vegan nutrition, he teaches his combat training students how to persevere mentally and physically through opposing obstacles.
Omowale is a MaRLI scholar researcher and certified in plant-based nutrition. He is the author of “An Introduction to Veganism and Agricultural Globalism” and editor of “Brotha Vegan” releasing on Lantern Books in February 2021. “Brotha Vegan” is available for preorder at independent online shops and all major outlets.