Kendrick Sampson is an actor, activist, and advocate for justice. He gravitated to the arts and sought to bring to life nuanced portrayals of black men in his work. He is best known for performances on Vampire Diaries, Gracepoint, How to Get Away with Murder, and recently in the Emmy nominated Insecure. Offscreen, Kendrick's activism challenges by exampile to boldly use our voices to uplift the most vulnerable among us. This led him to co-create BLD PWR ("build power"), a nonprofit initiative to focus on intersectional racial justice and undoing systemic oppression in the criminal system. Kendrick uses his voice to empower marginalized communities and to shine a light on issues of inequity. He is a proud support of the Standing Rock and Black Lives Matter movements, progressive political campaigns, and social justice education.

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