National Advisory Board

  • Dennis W. Archer, Served on Michigan Supreme Court, former Mayor of Detroit, 1st African American President of American Bar Association 
  • Jeanne Moutoussamy Ashe, Arthur Ashe’s widow, photographer 
  • Bruce Babbitt, Former United States Secretary of Interior and Governor of Arizona 
  • David Beasley, Former South Carolina Representative and Governor of South Carolina, Chairman-Center for Global Strategies 
  • Peg Breen, President NYC Landmarks Conservancy, board member-Ellis Island and Governors Island 
  • Lonnie Bunch, Founding Director-Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History, served on President George W. Bush Commission for the Preservation of the White House  
  • James Clyburn, United States Representative, 1st African American in Congress from South Carolina since Reconstruction, founder of The James E. Clyburn Research and Scholarship Foundation, elected pres. of his NAACP youth chapter when he was 12 years old 
  • Morris Dees, Co-founder/Chief trial counsel-Southern Poverty Law Center, awarded the ABA Medal-their highest honor 
  • David Dinkins, Former Mayor of NYC, 1st and only African American to hold that position, Professor-Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs 
  • Howard Dodson, Director-Howard University Library, former director-Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, heavy involvement with African Burial Ground Project 
  • Don Fowler, Former National Chair-DNC, Citadel Professor-Urban Politics, Fowler Communications 
  • Harvey Gantt, Architect, 1st African American student at Clemson, former Mayor of Charlotte-their 1st African American mayor 
  • Marcia Hale, President, Building America’s Future Education Fund, Assistant to President Clinton and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House 
  • Jim Hodges, Former Governor of South Carolina, advisor/partner McQuire Woods 
  • J. Mac Holladay, Founder/CEO-Market Street Services, Charleston and SC Chamber of Commerce 
  • Walter F. Johnson, Retired Army Brigadier General, former defense contractor 
  • John Lewis, United States Representative, one of the “Big Six” of Civil Rights movement 
  • Jon Meacham, Pulitzer award winning author, Executive Editor-Random House, former co-host-PBS 
  • Marc H. Morial, President/CEO-National Urban League, former Mayor of New Orleans, appointed to President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability 
  • Robert Moses, Educator, leader in Civil Rights movement, founder of The Algebra Project 
  • Phylicia Rashad, Nationally acclaimed actress, 1st African-American actress to win Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play 
  • Richard W. Riley, Former United States Secretary of Education, former SC Governor, Partner-Nelson Mullins law firm, honorary co-chair-World Justice Party 
  • Cokie Roberts, Journalist, author, political commentator, recipient Edward R. Murrow Award, appointed by President George W. Bush to Council on Service and Civic Participation 
  • Steve Roberts, Journalist, writer, political commentator, Professor of journalism and political communication at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs 
  • Kurt Schmoke, Dean, Howard University Law School, former Mayor of Baltimore-their 1st African American mayor, Rhodes Scholar, former Assistant US Attorney, part of President Carter’s Domestic Policy Staff 
  • Cleveland Sellers, President, Voorhees College, former Director-African American Studies Program at USC, only person convicted/jailed during the 1968 Orangeburg Massacre, rec’d full pardon 25 years later 
  • Inez Tenenbaum, Attorney, WYCHE, P.A.; former South Carolina Superintendent of Education 
  • Henry Tisdale, President, Claflin University, NAACP Award-Educator of the Year, American Council on Education Commission on Effective Leadership  
  • William Winter, Former Governor of Mississippi, The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation on the Univ. of Miss. at Oxford, former member of President Clinton’s Advisory Board on Race, special counsel in Jones Walker law firm’s Government Relations Practice Group 
  • Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr., Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, an American historian, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, became the first African-American scholar to be awarded the National Humanities Medal