Charles Al-Bawi

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Charles Al-Bawi" was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee.


Charles Al-Bawi began his higher education at Pellissippi State where I met his wife Jeminaka. Al-Bawi graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Political Science with a concentration in Public Administration and a minor in Food and Agricultural Business. He worked as a custodian at the University of Tennessee before he was afforded the opportunity to attend law school at the University of Memphis. He then receivedhis Juris Doctor from the University of Tennessee.

Charles Al-Bawi attends Al-Anoor Mosque at the corner of Thirteenth and Grand Avenue. He and his wife live in Lonsdale. He has been a practicing attorney since November of 2016.

My practice is focused on being a Guardian Ad Litem, which means I represent children who have been abused and neglected. My legal practice has given me first hand experience helping others deal with issues such as poverty, substance abuse, mental health crises, and violence. "[1]


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, 2014 – 2016
  • The University of Memphis—Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 2013 – 2014
  • University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Political Science and Government, 2010 – 2012
  • Pellissippi State Community College 2008 – 2010

2019 Council run


In 2019 Charles Al-Bawi ran for Knoxville City Council, with Democratic Socialists of America endorsement.

City Council Movement


In 2019, a local group is growing among downtown and near-downtown residents. The City Council Movement fielded two viable candidates two years ago, electing Seema Singh Perez to Knoxville City Council. Their candidate Amelia Parker also ran a close race as a huge write-in candidate but lost to Lauren Rider when the council chose Harry Tindell after a tie with Parker. Rider went on to defeat Tindell.

The City Council Movement is made up of volunteers who come from social justice organizations in the area and is diverse and growing more active.

“We have another strong slate of candidates running and we need your help getting them into office,” is the plea on the group’s Facebook page. “All funds raised will go towards joint get-out-the-vote materials for our three CCM-endorsed candidates,” the site proclaims.

The group is backing David Alex Hayes, Charles Al-Bawi and Amelia Parker in the upcoming city primary for council seats.[2]

Knoxville for All

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