Nelson Linder was born in Macon, Georgia in 1958. Linder entered the United States
Army in 1976 and earned an honorable discharge. His great grandfather (George Linder) was a pivotal figure in the reconstruction period in Dublin, Georgia. George Linder is cited in the book
"Splendid Failure" on reconstruction in Georgia.
Linder arrived in Austin in 1981 and graduated from Huston Tillotson University in 1984 with B.A. Degree in personnel management and Industrial Relations. In 1985, he opened the first corporate insurance office in Northeast Austin with Allstate Insurance. He served that area from 1985 until 1992. He has operated and owned the Linder Insurance Agency since 2006.
In 1992, he founded the controversial Garvey/Allen/Washington project, an organization
that combined the philosophies of Marcus Garvey, Richard Allen and Booker T. Washington. The organization primarily focused on self empowerment and social justice for African Americans. The group also emphasized the importance of coalition
building with other black organizations and like minded people.
In the year 2000, Linder was elected as the President of the Austin NAACP. Linder has
been interviewed on CNN, BET, the Washington Post, and local media all over the state of Texas. His work on Police brutality has received national applause and recognition. His critical role in establishing the African American Quality of Life Initiative in 2005, led to the creation of the African American Resource Advisory Commission in 2006 by the city of Austin.
He also has done important work on eradicating disparities in education and economics.
He has published articles entitled unfinished business, the empowerment mode and the price of non-conformance, the need for police oversight and the fatal effects of discrimination. He was also a member of the city charter commission that paved the way for the current 10-1 political system. He is currently writing a book that will serve as
a guideline for ending police brutality. The book is entitled "Minimum Force Necessary"
and is on schedule to be published in 2016.
He has served as a radio talk show host on KAZI 88.7fm since 2006. The show combines stimulating music with current affairs and emphasizes putting more focus on civics as a basis for empowering African Americans. The show places emphasis on local participation as the key to political empowerment.
He has compared his work to a crusade and believes that valuable lessons learned from the past
are the key to the future of the human rights movement.