Board of Directors
* Ms. Joan Abrams* Mr.
Rahman Allah* Mr. James Burgess*James Hamilton*Mr. Adrian Perry * Mrs.
Marilyn Turner, Treasurer* Mr. Samuel Love* Mr. Thomas Saunders;Chairman*Mr.
* Mr. Tarrance Seals*Ms Judy Mason, Secretary
Kenneth Simmons, Chairman
resident, professional educator and former Principal of West Charlotte High
School, our Chairman has performed outstanding service to our organization
and community, not only within the public school system, but through
sustained leadership in implementing all programs-projects of The Kushite
Institute. While providing quality education to all students, he has focused
also on those special unmet needs, including an infusion of our neglected
Black culture, for African American students.
Unfortunately and like most heroes in our protracted liberation struggle, he
has been subjected to professional persecution under a school system that
claims, falsely, to be the "premier integrated system" in this nation. But,
it is neither a "premier" system, nor is it "integrated," but minimally
desegregated, with Blacks, 42 percent of the student population, being
subordinated to a marginalized posture of dehumanization,
as documented in The Crisis and Challenge of Black Mis-education in
America (Foluke, 2001).
ASSISTANT , Ms. Aprella Bridges
Ms. Aprella Bridges
(L) at a 1998 Reception that she hosted at her home for The Kushite
Institute in honor of Ms. Mamie Till-Mobley (R), Mother of the late Emmett
Till, who was brutally murdered by White barbaric thugs in Mississippi in
August, 1955. And this significant act of barbarism--one among over five
thousand (statistically counted) lynching of Blacks in America--was a major
impetus, in conjunction with the heroism of Ms. Rosa Parks, for the
so-called "Black Revolution" in America, from 1955 to 1968--slightly over a
decade where there was a doubling of the Black middle-class.
Ms Bridges, a professional Nurse (RN) and Medical Missionary to Africa (Kumasi,
Ghana), serves also as Professional Assistant to Dr. Foluke, our Minister of
Liberation-CEO. In this capacity, she maintains his schedule of speaking
engagements-slide presentations, organizes and maintain files of tapes, both
audio and video, and proof-reads books, articles and documents prior to
public release. She also created and maintained the first web site for the
1998-99, Ms. Bridges
also provided invaluable assistance to our CEO who served as Charlotte
Coordinator--planning, fundraising, providing food, housing and
transportation--for a year-long "Pilgrimage" of about 100 spiritually
dedicated people, in a walking vigil from Boston, MA to South
Africa--retracing the route of the slave trade, "to heal the history or
racism," led nationally by Ms. Ingrid Askew and Sister Clare Carter.