Malika (Malika) Sanders-Fortier (D-SS23)
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Alabama State Senate
Suite 738 Alabama State House 11 South Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130-4600

District Office:
11 South Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130-4600
Elected: 2018    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Franklin   
Committee Assignments
MemberSenate Committee on Governmental Affairs
MemberSenate Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs
Counties Representing
Butler / Conecuh / Dallas / Lowndes / Marengo / Monroe / Perry / Wilcox


Franklin and Malika were married in 2006 at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge where key historical events in the voting rights movement took place, demonstrating their vision and commitment to building the Beloved Community. Malika attended Spelman College in Atlanta, graduating with a degree in psychology. While she was there, she joined other students in addressing community issues and mentored children in near by public housing. The normal path for Fortier might have involved a job in a large city, but she returned instead to Selma. "I wasn't sure if I ever wanted to go back" she told Marie Claire. "And yet, I felt a responsibility to Selma and the South. Upon returning to Selma, Fortier became the executive director of 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement. The goal of the group was to develop young leaders to continue the legacy of the movement, of which there are yet promises unfulfilled that need another generation to harvest. Fortier had attended the group's summer camps when she was younger. Fortier went on to be one of three young coordinators of the 40th Anniversary and re-enactment of the 1963 March on Washington, leading 21st Century Youth members in a chant of "I must prepare my mind, body, and spirit; we are 21st-century leaders, so let's act like it" as quoted in the Washington Times. Fortier has often addressed national meetings like the State of the Black World conference and the rapidly growing National Hip-Hop Political Convention, where she appeared in 2004. She was chosen to receive a Reebok Human Rights Award in 2002. The award carried a $50,000 grant, which Sanders plowed back into the 21st Century Youth Movement. ​ ​ After marrying and meeting Franklin, malika went back to law school with him, at his encouragement. She had 2 more babies in law school. She is now an attorney with Chestnut, Sanders, & Sanders, LLC.