Carlton Mackey is the creator of BLACK MEN SMILE®, a viral social media platform and empowerment movement for Black men to "celebrate the way we see ourselves". He is also the creator of the BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SHADE® apparel line and author of 50 Shades of Black: Sexuality and Skin Tone in the Formation of Identity.
Mackey is an artist and scholar. He is the Director of the Ethics & the Arts Program and Associate Director of the Ethics and Servant Leadership (EASL) Program at the Emory University Center for Ethics. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies.
As a community advocate, Carlton serves on the Atlanta Board of Education Ethics Commission and on the Advisory Board of Foreverfamily, an Atlanta non-profit surrounding youth with one or more incarcerated parent with the love of family and providing regular prison visitation. For six years, Mackey served on the Board of Directors of The WonderRoot Center for Art and Social Change.
Mackey is a Teaching Artist at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA.
Mackey’s work blends his unique combination of social consciousness, creativity, scholarship, and social connection to create powerful impressions that invite new discovery and personal transformation.