Carlton Mackey

Director, Ethics & the Arts Program
Assistant Director. Ethics and Servant Leadership Program (EASL)
Adjunct Faculty, Film and Media Studies
(404) 727-3064

Areas of expertise:
Ethics & the Arts
Social Constructions of Race
Ethics of Identity
Art Based Social Activism

Carlton Mackey

Carlton Mackey is the director of the Ethics & the Arts program at the Emory University Center for Ethics and the creator of its Art and Social Engagement Project funded by Southwest Airlines.  Carlton Mackey also the associate director of the Ethics and Servant Leadership program and an adjunct faculty member of Emory University's Department of Film and Media Studies. In 2013, Mackey won the Emory University Award of Distinction.

For six years Mackey served on the Board of Directors of the WonderRoot Center for Arts and Social Change.  Mackey currently serves on the advisory board of the Youth Theological Initiative at the Candler School of Theology and on the advisory board of ForeverFamily, an Atlanta based nonprofit serving youth who have one or more incarcerated parent.

Mackey is an award winning professional photographer and filmmaker and the creator of several socially engaged, art based platforms. For his 2009 documentary 17 Degrees Ain’t Nothing, an intimate profile of five people experiencing homelessness in Atlanta Georgia, Mackey was awarded the first ever Creativity in the Arts Award and a grant by the Emory University Center for Creativity and Arts.

In 2012 Mackey created 50 Shades of Black.  50 Shades of Black is a multi-faceted platform for creating an interactive global dialogue around issues of race, skin tone, sexuality and identity. Exploring these themes through visual art, literature, curated blogs, educational curriculums, and workshops, 50 Shades of Black aims to explore the ways in which our individual experiences of race and sexuality give rise to the formation of our unique and complex identities.  In the Summer of 2013 Mackey published the 120 page book 50 Shades of Black Vol.1

Mackey was the winner of the 2014 One Region Atlanta Ideas Challenge for his project Typical American Families.  This grant, funded by the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, is awarded to ideas that best bridge faith and culture in the City of Atlanta. 

Mackey is the creator of Black Men Smile™, a resistance and empowerment movement for Black men and Beautiful In Every Shade, an apparel company and empowerment movement with a mission to transform the way every day people from around the world see themselves and others.