ABOUT US

KHAFRE Inc is not for profit 501c3 organization that was officially incorporated in September of 2009, by the Mississippi Secretary of State. The purpose of the organization is to provide educational, lifestyle and cultural programs, build monuments and memorials to honor, celebrate, and recognize the rich and complex history of the Mississippi Delta and to positively impact the quality of life of those living in the Delta, especially the disproportionately poor African American community. Understanding that this organization desires to create great change that is far beyond the reach of one organization, we endeavor to be a networking hub that works with and connects non-profit organizations, educational institutions, legislators, and individuals of consciousness for the purpose of establishing a social movement that fundamentally transforms the Delta and ushers in a renaissance and renewal of the human spirit. To assist us in realizing success in this bold journey, we put forth our roadmap for the next five years, starting with the board approved vision and mission of the organization.

VISION

KHAFRE, Inc was established to be the epicenter of a social movement that will cause a powerful, positive and profound shift in the very trajectory of the African American experience in the Mississippi Delta; a shift that will necessarily reverberate throughout the state of Mississippi, the United States of America and beyond. As a result of the monumental programs, activities, initiatives and efforts of this social-justice and purpose driven force, individuals of ALL races, ethnicities, and social statuses will embrace the dignity endowed to them by their Creator, understand their worth and embrace the value of their lives to their families and communities, dream the powerful dreams that come from an empowered and true understanding of their ancestry and heritage, and cast off the plantation mentality, as a result of fallowing the fields of their minds and planting the seeds of hope in their souls. KHAFRE exists to transform lives, build communities of equality and operate as a hub of hope – one that seeks out, connects and strengthens individuals, organizations and groups of consciousness inside and outside of the Mississippi Delta.

MISSION

To realize its’ critically important and intentionally bold vision, KHAFRE Inc. will build monuments and memorials, offer programs and workshops around education, health, and history, provide resources to the formal and informal educators in the Delta, engage in community outreach and connection, and operate as a repository and distributor of information on the history, beauty, and talent of and within the Mississippi Delta, all for the overarching purpose of improving the quality of life of her sons and daughters.

ORGANIZATIONAL GOALS

1) Build monuments and memorials:

a. Creation of the Cotton Pickers of America Monument and Sharecroppers Interpretive Center
b. Develop a Sharecroppers Home Museum exhibit housed within an authentic “Shotgun” house
c. Establish a long-term partnership with da’ House of Khafre Cultural Arts Center, in Indianola
d. Create a Sharecroppers Memorial, in Monteux, France
e. Create a Sharecroppers Memorial, in West Africa
f. Develop African and African American Legacy Trees – one in Mississippi; and one in West Africa

2) Offer programs and workshops around education, health, and history:

a. As part of Healthy U, conduct healthy cooking workshops for the children of the Mississippi Delta
b. Teach children the intricacies and fundamental skills necessary for success in the television and radio broadcast industries, through the Youth Empowerment Show (Y.E.S.)
c. Expand the Youth Leadership Lecture series that engages the youth of the Mississippi Delta in intimate dialogue with celebrities, professionals, legislators, and individuals of great influence and consciousness
d. Expand the work of the Young Publishers Network (YPN) to increase opportunities for the youth of the Mississippi Delta to publish works of literature
e. Establish the Young Publishers Global Network (YPGN) to include participants from around the world in the development of youth created works of literature
f. Expand the partnership with Teach for America to produce youth led plays and educational showcases
g. Expand the strategic partnership with the Children’s Defense Fund to provide consultation and technical support for the Youth Empowerment Show

3) Provide resources to the formal and informal educators in the Delta:

a. Expand the strategic partnership with Mississippi Valley State University to conduct symposia and workshops that provide intellectual and professional development specific to Mississippi Delta culture
b. Establish a cadre of professional development experts, specific to K-12 education, that provide voluntary training to K-12 educators
c. Develop workshops and programs designed to empower informal educators, students of all ages, and community leaders to teach the youth of the Delta in both formal and informal education

4) Engage in community outreach and connection

a. Expand the strategic partnership with the Delta Health Alliance to ensure a greater and healthier quality of life for all communities in the Mississippi Delta
b. Expand the strategic partnership with Middle Tennessee State University to support the development of the monument and provide educational opportunities for students in the heritage preservation program
c. Expand the strategic partnership with the B.B. King Museum and the Mississippi Arts Commission to co-produce cultural projects and programs
d. Expand the strategic partnership with Club Ebony to co-produce cultural projects and programs
e. Expand the strategic partnership with Mississippi Center for Justice to offer workshops and lectures to the youth of the Mississippi Delta regarding self-empowerment and appreciation of their ancestry and legacy
f. Expand the strategic partnership with the Mississippi Action for Community Education (MACE) to deliver the world’s oldest annual Blues and Heritage festival, in Greenville, MS
g. Establish a music exchange that connects American Blues musicians with traditional musicians of traditional African music, all across the continent of Africa and the Caribbean
h. Establish additional partnerships, as appropriate and necessary, to ensure that Khafre, Inc is able to further deliver upon its mission and realize its vision

5) Operate as a repository and distributor of information about the Delta:

a. Establish a database of information on the history of the Delta to include the Blues and other musical traditions, the cotton industry and African-American culture
b. Based on the development of the database, establish a marketing campaign and distribution system to share the information with educational institutions, legislators, media outlets, children and the public at large

To work towards the accomplishment of these twenty-six strategic objectives, the Board has extensive operational planning in place with accountability structures, timelines and metrics for success. We are working as a team to identify the immediate, short-term, mid-term and long-range priorities and will be adjusting our efforts accordingly. Additionally, with the myriad of sources of revenue currently available to the organization, as well as funds that will be coming as we move forward with this plan, board members and the staff of KHAFRE are in a position to speak to all the initiatives and to respond to questions from funders, legislators, media, or the public at large.

SADE TURNIPSEED, MBA/MS/PhD

Mississippi’ Diversity Educator of the Year 2017

 Sade Turnipseed is a public historian (educator) and community outreach (Public Relations) specialist. She is also the long-time host and producer of Delta Renaissance the number one rated (locally generated) talk show in the Mississippi Delta, which airs during primetime on the NBC affiliate network. As Founder of Khafre, Inc, and da’ House of Khafre, Turnipseed initiated: the Cotton Pickers of America Monument, Sharecroppers Interpretive Center, and Cotton Kingdom Historical Trail; the Sweat Equity Investment in the Cotton Kingdom Symposium and Cotton Pickers Ball; and the Healthy U Gourmet Academy for Youth in the Mississippi Delta. Prior to coming to the Delta Turnipseed was the visionary force at the helm of numerous cultural arts programs, throughout S.F Bay Area, including Khafre Cultural Community Center and Sade's Court in downtown Oakland. Turnipseed also served as Programming Director for Peralta Colleges Television; and as community outreach associate for KQED-TV, in San Francisco.

Turnipseed was invited to Ghana, by the UNAID’s Global Alliance of Mayors and Leaders from Africa and of African Descent, to participate in the 4TH WORLD SUMMIT OF MAYORS AND LEADERS FROM AFRICA AND OF AFRICAN DESCENT: Cities Leading Sustainable Human Development and Economic Empowerment for Africa and the Diaspora. The event was held on June 1-3, 2015, and hosted by His Excellency Mr. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana. On October 23, 2012, Turnipseed received a US Congressional Honor by Congressman Bennie G Thompson, for her commitment to preserving the rich history and heritage of the Mississippi Delta. In 2008, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour selected Turnipseed to be one of three Fellows for the Delta Regional Authority’s, Delta Leadership Institute. She has also received the NAACP Youth Outreach and Cultural Learning Award, in 2012.

As the official Diaspora representative to the Pan African Film Festival, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (FESPACO), Turnipseed served in this capacity between the years 2003-2009. Turnipseed sat on the Board of Directors for The Blues Foundation, in Memphis TN; Blues Society, Indianola, MS; the Mississippi Delta Arts Alliance, Belzoni, MS; and, the National Association of Black Storytellers, Baltimore, MD. Turnipseed is the recipient of numerous community services and arts advocacy awards; and, ran an impressive 2013 mayoral campaign as the Independent candidate for Mayor in the city of Indianola, MS. She received over 42% in a two-week general election campaign against the Democratic incumbent. Turnipseed is an internationally acclaimed public historian who has been invited to speak and facilitate workshops in: Ghana, China, Barbados, Norway, France, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Nigeria.

            Professor Turnipseed currently teaches American and World History at Mississippi Valley State University; and has taught previously at University of District of Columbia, California State University, Northridge. She is the founding Director of Education and Community Outreach for the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, in Indianola, MS; and, the Cultural Arts Director for the Mississippi Action for Community Education, (MACE—producers of the MS Delta Blues and Heritage Festival). Turnipseed’s true passion is her work with young people. As demonstrated in every endeavor, Turnipseed makes it known that “if it does not involve the children, it does not involve me.” As demonstrated in the founding of Healthy U, The Harmonica Parade, and the Young Publisher’s Network (YPN) established in 2006. In essence, the philosophical approach and teaching strategy applied to my classes is one that emanates from an ancient African dictate to historical understanding and cultural appreciation. It begins with an understanding of self. You cannot fully function in society, nor appreciate the significance of lessons from the past, if you have no understanding of your own history.

Turnipseed’s overall philosophical approach to understanding the significance of life and diversity is

KNOW THY SELF.

 

Ed Dwight-Statement

I am honored to be considered for the designing and building of this historically important project for the Mississippi Delta. I have a wealth of experience in the design and development of such projects and hope to bring my creative skills and background to bear to provide a full visual expression of the African American involvement in the historical landscape of the Delta.
It is with great excitement that I approach the design of this memorial to those Black Slaves, Freedmen, & Sharecroppers, whose years of toil & labor, picked the cotton, farmed the land, built & enriched America, for nothing in return. This memorial will also be dedicated to the Black heroes & heroines that fought valiantly and died to bring justice & Civil Rights to the Mississippi Delta, and to all America.
Historically, my first art series was entitled “Black Frontier Spirit in the American West,” where I depicted the Buffalo Soldiers, Black Pioneers, Frontiersmen, Trappers, & Cowboys in every environment possible. The series was composed of some 50 images of the Black contribution to the opening of the West, including the eighteen Black Medal of Honor recipients. Since this initial effort, I have created 108 monuments, memorials, & public art installations.
Other major commissions include the South Carolina African American History Memorial, Two Underground Railroad Memorial, Several Dr. King Memorials, the John hope Franklin Memorial, dedicated the 1921 Tulsa Riots, and most recently the official Inaugural Scene: The “Inauguration of Hope,” honoring the historic inaugural of President Obama, his family & Chief Justice John Roberts.

My overall theme is to include in visual, graphic, and textual form, a rigorous history of the African American “Cotton Picking” and farm labor experience in the Mississippi Delta. This will include A monumental central theme, as well as a “History Walk” through the slave experience from arrival in America through the intense struggle & dark days of hopeless despair of the slave consciousness, to the limited freedom accorded by Emancipation, to the hope of the Movement initiated by the Black visionaries that gave so much for the ultimate freedom of all. It is critical that the objective memorial is to instill a sense of what I call "History & Hope." Using the experience of History to define a new sense of Hope.

-ED DWIGHT

THE TEAM

Staff:

C.Sade Turnipseed, MS/MBA/PhD. Founder/Executive Director
Linda Rule, BA-Project, Special Projects Director
T. Clarice Norton, Youth Empowerment Coordinator

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Bobby Rush, Honorary Chair
B.B. King, Honorary Chair (past)
Maya Angelou, Honorary Chair (past)
Karen Wilson, PhD
Valerie Simpson, PhD

ADVISORY BOARD:

Christopher W. Shults, PhD, Board Member (past)
Joseph M. Stevenson, PhD, Board Member (past)
Dr. Carroll West, MTSU Historic Preservation, Professor
Dr. Tommy Bynum, MTSU History, Professor
Mary Francis Shepard, Queen of Jook
Cheryl Taylor, Executive Director, Delta History Museum
Sylvester Hoover, Delta Heritage Specialist
Arthur Marble, Mayor of Indianola (former)
Robert Terrell, Cultural Arts Activist
Rev. Charles Thomas, Educator
Sherry Nelson, General Manager, WABG-TV
Helen Sims, Pinetop Perkins & the Civil Rights Museum
Valerie Simpson, Ph.D., Treasurer
Catherine Gardner, MA., Secretary

STEERING COMMITTEE:

Dr. Elaine Baker, Chair, Mound Bayou Revitalization
Rev. Darryl Johnson, Mayor Mound Bayou
Cheryl Line, Manager of Tourism, Bolivar County
Linda Stout Coleman, Parents 4 Public Schools
Ms. Bonita A. Conwell, President, SRBWI Women in Agriculture
Mr. William Crockett, Superintendent, Mound Bayou Public Schools
Rev. Larry Haywood, Mound Bayou Area Ministers
Mr. Pedro Woods, Owner, Peter's Pottery
Mr. Sampson Williams, Civic Representative, Little Mound Bayou
Ms. Lynette Criss, President, American Legion Auxiliary
Ms. Jarvis Malone, Student, J. F. Kennedy Memorial HS
Sis Donella Hartman, St. Gabriel Mercy Center
Mr. Louis Sanders, Mound Bayou Area Farmers
Mr. Melvin Gant, Chairman, Mound Bayou Planning and Zoning Commission
Mr. Earl L. Carmicle, Civic Representative
Mr. Henry Perkins, Mayor, Winstonville, MS
Mrs. Willena S. White, Civic Representative

Professional Resources:

Ed Dwight Monument Developer/Designer
Eric Davis, Architect
Jerry Redmond, Principal, Redmond Designs
Jaribu Hill, Legal Consultant
Dr. Stephanie Toothman, Associate Director, Cultural Resources, National Park Service
Kaiser Brown, Certified Public Accountant—Banks, Finley, White & Company
Kenneth H. P’Pool, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer for Mississippi and Director of the Historic Preservation Division of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Pam Chatmon, WABG-TV
Clifton Taulbert, Historian
Cissy Anklan, Interpretive Center/Museum Consultant
Freida L. Wheaton, JD
Catherine Gardner, Washington County Conv. Center

Government Officials:

Bennie Thompson, MS Congressman District 2
Danny Davis, IL Congressman
Mound Bayou, Board of Alderman
Trina George, Director Rural Development, Mississippi
Derrick Simmons, Mississippi State Senator
Linda Coleman, MS State Representative, Bolivar County
Robert Jackson, Mississippi State Senator
David Jordan, Mississippi State Senator
Willie Simmons, Mississippi State Senator
Preston Billings, Supervisor Bolivar County District 3
Larry L. King, District 5
James McBride, District 4
Donny Whitten, District 2
Eddie Andrew Williams III, District I
Will Hooker, Bolivar County Administrator
Kathleen Jenkins, NPS, Natchez
Mike Madell, NPS, Vicksburg