MEET THE FOUNDER
Melinda Robertson is an author, activist, and advocate born and raised in the S.E. section of Washington, D.C. In 2016 Robertson’s twenty-year old son was in his third year of college when he was falsely accused and wrongfully incarcerated for stabbing a Morgan State University student to death during a brawl on campus. He was taken to trial for first degree murder with no DNA evidence linking him to the crime and found Not Guilty of the bogus murder charges. However, during the trial the judge “added” an accessory after the fact charge, that was not part of the original indictment, to which he was found guilty. The pre-sentencing investigator recommended a suspended sentence or probation because he had NO PRIORS, but the judge gave him the maximum TEN years. Robertson watched helplessly as Baltimore City Circuit Court "railroaded" her son. She wrote about the injustice in 2018 to bring awareness to what she deemed as an "unfair and unjust" judicial system in “The AboveGround Railroad." The story opens the night of the brawl and takes readers through the trial, endless court hearings, two overturned convictions to explain the process and teach mothers about the Power of Prayer!
Robertson founded Black Mother’s 4 Justice, Inc. in 2019 to give mothers a platform to talk openly about their child’s conviction, maximum sentences for minor offenses, etc. without being judged. She is the 2020 Union Temple Baptist Church Women's Day recipient of The Dr. Dorothy Height Award in recognition of her outstanding work in the community. Robertson is the Host of NjustUs, a weekly one-hour podcast that shares stories of Injustice, allows listeners to ask questions and seek advice, further solidifying her role as an activist and advocate. The show airs on Tuesdays from 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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