After serving in the Georgia Legislature, in 1992, McKinney won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. She was the first African-American woman from Georgia in the U.S. Congress. She was the first Member of Congress to demand an investigation of the events of 9/11/2001. McKinney was criticized and as a result, she was defeated in 2002; however, she ran again and was re-elected in 2004.
In 2005, McKinney was a vocal critic of the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina. Cynthia introduced legislation to release documents related to the murders of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Tupac Shakur. She was the first Member of Congress to file articles of impeachment against George W. Bush; and she voted against every war-funding bill put before her. In 2008, Cynthia McKinney won the Green Party nomination and ran for U.S. President.
In December 2008, Cynthia made international headlines when her boat was rammed by the Israeli military as she was attempting to deliver medical supplies to Gaza. In 2009, Cynthia attempted to reach Gaza again, this time armed with crayons, coloring books, and school supplies. Her boat was overtaken in international waters by the Israeli military and she was kidnapped to Israel where she spent 7 days in an Ramleh Prison. Finally, Cynthia entered Gaza by land in July 2009 with George Galloway’s Viva Palestina USA.
Cynthia completed a cross-country bicycle ride with Bike4Peace 2010. In August 2011, Cynthia visited 21 cities to end the bombing of Libya after visiting Libya three times, once during its bombing. Cynthia participated in Malaysia’s Perdana Peace Organization and served as a Juror on the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Palestine.
In 2014, Cynthia accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor at North South University in Bangladesh where she teaches MBA students in the U.S.-accredited School of Business and Economics (SBE) and Introduction to Political Science to undergraduates in the Political Science and Sociology Department (PSS) where she is core faculty.
In 2015, Cynthia completed her dissertation on the transformational leadership of Hugo Chavez and was awarded a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University.
Cynthia currently possesses technical proficiency in the French language, but because Cynthia’s current research interest centers on Asia, Eurasia, and the U.S., she is now learning Chinese.
Cynthia is a member of the Working Group for the Great Caribbean Studies, Latin America Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), The Latin American Studies Association (LASA), The International Leadership Association (ILA), and serves on the Board of Advisors of the New York-based Center for Deep Political Research: A Think Tank for Truth.
Cynthia has four books to her credit and several Chapters that she has authored in the books of others. She also regularly participates in Conferences. Her books, chapters, and presentations are:
How the US Creates “Sh*thole” Countries
Cynthia’s Conference Presentations
Consejo Latinamericano de Ciencias Sociales (CLACSO): San Juan, Puerto Rico;
Dialogue of Civilizations Conference: Rhodes, Greece
Masters of Public Policy in Governance Gender Conference: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Anarchapulco: A Conference on Anarchism: Acapulco, Mexico
LUISS Guido Carli Conference on Africa–Europe Relationships: A Multi-Stakeholder Perspective: Rome, Italy