Grandson of Kenyatta wins seat in US mid-term elections

2018-11-08 12:12:13

A grandson to a former American professor and civil rights leader who changed his name to honour his hero, Kenya's first president Jomo Kenyatta, has won a seat in the United States elections.

On Wednesday, Malcolm Kenyatta, 27, was elected the Pennsylvania State Representative of the 181st District in Philadelphia.

His grandfather changed his name from Donald Brooks Jackson to Muhammad Kenyatta in the early 1970s.

Kenyatta is third-generation North Philadelphian and a fierce civic and community advocate.

He was born to the late Kelly and Malcolm J. Kenyatta and raised in north central Philadelphia with his three siblings.