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National Civil Rights Museum announces eight new board members

Action News 5 received the following press release from the National Civil Rights Museum:


(Memphis, TN) Eight new members to the National Civil Rights Museum Board of Directors were announced today at the Board’s regular meeting to enhance and expand the community representation on the board.

The National Civil Rights Museum and the State of Tennessee earlier approved a resolution with specific requirements for new Board members. These included a representative from the Tennessee State Legislature, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), an individual viewed as a civil rights historian/scholar and a civil rights activist as viewed by the community and the Board membership have a goal of at least 60%. African - American. With the recommended eight positions to be filled, the Board would be 59% African - American, 38% Caucasian and 3% Asian.

The selection process included recommendations from the Lorraine Civil Rights Museum Community Oversight Committee, the existing Board of Directors and general public, submitted via the Museum’s website.

With eight board vacancies to be filled, the Museum Nominating Committee selected two persons from the Lorraine Civil Rights Museum Community Oversight Committee and the remaining six persons from the Board of Directors Nominating Committee. Museum President Beverly Robertson said, “We are impressed with the level of talent, community dedication and commitment that these eight individuals bring to this board. We are excited about how we can move forward in the spirit of collaboration and cooperation with all of our board members and the community oversight committee to start addressing specific community needs. The National Civil Rights Museum has always served as a place for the community to initiate dialog, implement programs and initiatives for the entire community. We will continue to serve in this capacity going forward.”

The eight persons and the categories they represent are:

State of Tennessee Legislator
Representative Johnny Shaw - District 80 (Hardeman and part of Madison County)

  • Former chair of the TN Legislative Black Caucus
  • Member, House Children and Family Affairs Committee
  • Member, House Budget Committee
  • Secretary, House Finance, Ways and Means Committee
  • Businessman; licensed Minister
  • Member of the NAACP, Chamber of Commerce
  • 2002 Legislator of the Year by the Tennessee Development District Association

AFSCME Representative
Dorothy Crook - Memphis, TN (Community Oversight Committee recommendation)

  • Director of AFSCME Local 1733
  • Sanitation workers union representative
  • Dr. King supported AFSCME in sanitation workers strike in 1968

Civil Rights Historian/Scholar
Clarence Jones - New York, NY

  • Served as speechwriter and counsel to Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.
  • Coordinated legal defense of Dr. King and other SCLC leaders.
  • Facilitated Dr. King’s preparation of the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”
  • Drafted the settlement agreement between the City of Birmingham and Dr. King to end the demonstrations and desegregation of the public facilities.

Civil Rights/Community Activists
Kenya Bradshaw- Memphis, TN

  •  The Urban Child Institute, Community Planning and Development Specialist
  • Stand for Children, Memphis Organizer
  • Plans, facilitates and implements strategies to effectively meet community needsand increase involvement related to early childhood care and education
  • Co-planner/organizer for Jena 6 Community Rally

Pastor Dwight Montgomery- Memphis, TN

  • President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
  • Chairman of the Educational Committee for the Memphis Baptist Ministerial Assoc.
  • Community organizer and advocate for poverty, homelessness, youth mentoring.

Dr. Darryl Tukufu- Memphis, TN

  • Vice President for Academic Affairs/Associate Professor of Urban StudiesCrichton College
  • Served as President/CEO of the Urban League affiliates in Portland, OR; Urban League Deputy Director-Youngstown, Ohio; Nashville, TN and Memphis, TN
  • Professor at University of Memphis, Northeastern University, Kent StateUniversity, LeMoyne Owen College
  • Former Black Nationalist; Former member of the National Independent BlackPolitical Party
  • Certified Diversity Professional Trainer/Facilitator
  • Ordained Minister

Additional Board Recommendations
Cathy Ross – Memphis, TN

  • Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer FedEx Express
  • Board affiliations: Memphis Food Bank
  • Women Foundation of Greater Memphis
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • American Cancer Society
  • Links, Inc., organization of African American women devoted to communityservice

Rev. Gina Stewart – Memphis, TN (Community Oversight Committee recommendation)

  • Pastor of Christ Missionary Baptist Church
  • First African American female elected to serve a Baptist congregation in ShelbyCounty.
  • Advisory Board member A More Excellent Way, Inc.
  • Former Board Member Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Memphis
  • Former Board Member Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA)
  • Former member of the Ministerial Advisory Board at the Regional MedicalCenter at Memphis
  • Former Director of Admissions at Shelby State Community College
  • Serving as Team Leader for Lott Carey International development and advocacyorganization
  • Former President of the Memphis Minister’s Association
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