Roy Lovelady, Jr.

Session #3: The Young and the Activist

Roy Lovelady, Jr.

Roy Lovelady, Jr. has been a resident of Columbia off and on since the age of 13. He is a self employed entrepreneur with three businesses - a salon, a dance studio, and a design and alteration business.
He recently created and organized, along with others, a local group of activists called the People's Defense. The People’s Defense works to harness and amplify the community voices to right injustices at the local level through mutual aid, direct action, and policy change. The group held meetings with congressmen, senators, police chiefs, city managers and more. They have been rallying for over 52 consecutive days and have no plans of stopping until they see change.