A self-proclaimed Florida man and child of the South, I — Gerald Olufemi-Lamar Darling Jr. (he/him/they/them), or “G” — am the campaigns and mobilizing assistant for SojoAction and a proud member of this year’s Sojourners Fellowship Program.
I have been active in grassroots mobilization, campaigns, and faith-based humanitarian work since childhood, and have done so professionally for the past several years, holding space for our beloved communities across the nation and the world.
I have always had a passion for fighting in the intersections of faith, justice, and advocacy. And after college, I knew I wanted to work alongside historically marginalized groups, especially those within similar historically marginalized identities as me, to empower folks with the God-given agency and dignity they deserve. In this time with Sojourners, I hope to further expand on those gifts and skills so I can be able to equip others to be a part of the collective liberation and reconciliation of all people made in the image of God.
When I’m not deep in some form of theology, justice, and advocacy-related thing, you can probably find me: talking (obnoxiously) about how much I love Florida, specifically Miami, and the South; reminiscing about my formative years overseas (Tokyo, Japan, and South Africa will forever have a special place in my heart); reading the latest GQ magazine, because I love a good pleated trouser and loafer combo; researching and developing a recipe (I was a chef in a past life); working on my newsletter; writing fiction; or to be honest, doing none of the above and choosing to sleep — which in this sacred work, is necessary. Glad to be here with y’all.