Board of Directors
Ken Blackwell, Director
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J. Kenneth Blackwell is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, is Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment at the Family Research Council, and serves on the Boards of the Club for Growth, National Taxpayers Union and Pastors Retreat Network.
His record of public service includes terms as mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio State Treasurer, Ohio Secretary of State, an undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission.
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and presently serves on the advisory board of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.
Mr. Blackwell's written commentaries have appeared in major newspapers across the country and is frequently heard or seen on radio, TV and the 'Net at Townhall.com, Salem Radio, Fox, CNN, MSNBC, and PBS.
He was a recipient of the National Leadership Award from the National Forum for Black Public Administrators and is a life member of the NAACP.
He holds B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from Xavier University (OH), and eight honorary doctorates from colleges and universities from Indiana to New Hampshire.
He and his wife of 39 years, Rosa, have been honored as one of the National Council of Negro Women’s Families of the Year. The Blackwell’s are recipients of the Cincinnati Historical Society’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Dreamkeeper Award. They have three adult children.
Archie Carter, Director
Archie Carter likes to say he is "sixty-seven years young and having more fun than today's law would allow". Certainly, his athletic and endurance exploits (below) seem to bear that out!
Archie has been involved in construction and remodeling around Evansville all his life, and as a small business owner, factory worker and truck driver. He gets great satisfaction from using his head and hands to change and improve space, both inside and outside.
Though raised by a single mom and Grandmother, who he reveres to this day, Archie sought positive male role models to help guide him on life's journey. He is grateful that God provided role models in his life who helped to keep him on the 'right track' during times and in neighborhoods where that was not easy.
Long distance cycling provides Archie with a healthy outlet. In his early forties, Archie represented the United States at the World Durathon Championships held in Tasmania. And in his early 50's, Archie learned to swim just so he could compete in triathlons!
Archie has competed in two "RAIN RIDES", 12-hour and 24-hour non-stop cycling events, 353 miles across Indiana, finishing 2nd in his age group. He most recently competed in the 2017 National Senior Games in Birmingham AL.
Archie still takes time to learn about people who have made a difference in their lives and others around them. It's what led him to form the first Booker T. Boosters Club in the country. He is passionate about introducing youths to positive role models early in life, just as he had, and believes the values and principles BTW championed are needed now, more than ever. He sees Booker T. clubs as a way to reach and teach youths rising up out of the same tough circumstances he did.
Archie and his beautiful wife of 41 years, Mary, have two sons (Dwan and Deren) and seven grandchildren. Both attend the Oak Hill Bible Fellowship, where they serve as Praise & Worship leaders. Archie recently was appointed by Evansville's Mayor to its Municipal Water & Sewer Board.
The Society is indeed fortunate that Archie, our newest member, has agreed to serve as an active member of our National Board. He gives all Glory to God for his experience, drive and tenacity, assets that no formal education could match.
Ronald Court, President & Founder
Ronald Court founded the Booker T. Washington Society in Essex Junction Vermont, in 2005 to celebrate the great educator's Sesquicentennial (150th) birthday on April 5, 2006. But the more he studied Booker T's. life and legacy, he saw that his common-sense philosophy, based on personal responsibility, getting a practical education, and becoming economically independent, represented virtues and values that made this country great.
He saw that BTW was -- and remains -- a positive role-model for all
Americans, especially young Americans. So, Ron now spends much of each year before schools, service clubs and churches, engaging their members to encourage and equip young Americans in their own communities to live, learn, and lead what he has coined, "The Booker T. Way".
A graduate of Boston University, he served his country as an Army officer in Viet-Nam, and has enjoyed career opportunities in both the business and education spheres.
He was a Founding Director and Treasurer of Vermonters for Educational Choice, a Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington (VT), a Rotary Club Director and member for over 30 years, and an elected Trustee of the Village of Essex Junction and of the Essex Alliance Church.
Robert DeShay, Treasurer
Robert DeShay was born and grew up in Savannah, Georgia, and attended St. Pius X High School. Determined to get out of the segregated south, he studied hard and gained entrance to Holy Cross College in Massachusetts. He put himself through school by working nights and weekends to earn a degree in Economics in 1970.
Upon graduation, He served Worcester's business community and its wayward youths by assisting small business owners with business proposals and by supervising outreach services for Juvenile Court offenders.
Upon obtaining an MBA from Dartmouth's Tuck School of Management in 1979, he joined the Xerox Corporation, and over the course of 14 years enjoyed various management positions in marketing and sales.
Robert joined Newcrest Hotels, LLC. in Dallas as became Real Estate Director, where he was involved in virtually all stages of real estate development from market research through negotiating and managing acquisitions, to zoning and permitting. He was instrumental in fifty projects involving new construction and/or redeveloping hotel properties throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
Mr. DeShay brings to the BTW Society a wealth of financial and planning expertise.
He and his wife, Claudia, reside near Dallas, TX, where Mr. DeShay is once again assisting youthful offenders to get back on the right track.
Bill Federer, Director
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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William J. Federer is a nationally known speaker, best-selling author, and president of Amerisearch, Inc.
, a publishing company dedicated to researching America's noble heritage.
Bill's American Minute
radio feature is broadcast daily across America and via the Internet.
He has written a dozen books, and his first, "America's God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations
" sold over a half-million copies.
A former U.S. Congressional Candidate, Bill has appeared and/or been interviewed on countless TV programs and networks, thousands of radio programs, quoted and referenced in papers and magazines across the country, and spoken across America at events from Mount Rushmore to the Lincoln Memorial to the U.S. Capitol.
Bill has an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from American Christian College, and has been honored by the Freedoms Foundation, Bott Radio Network, American Legion, and the Eagle Forum.
Bill was raised in south St. Louis, 5th of eleven children, and graduated from Saint Louis University in 1980.
After college, Bill joined Federer Realty, founded in 1913 by his grandfather, William A. Federer. Along the way, Bill has worked in the oil & gas industries and has long been involved with community organizations, charity groups and churches - working with youth, families, elderly and minorities and also as a Scoutmaster, having been an Eagle Scout.
Bill and Susan, his high school sweetheart and wife of 35 years, have four grown children.
Gloria Jackson, Secretary
Los Angeles, California
Gloria Y. Jackson, a great-granddaughter of Booker T. Washington, is Founder and President of the Booker T. Washington Inspirational Network (BTWIN)
, an alliance of thinkers, writers, speakers, and all others committed to the vision and ideals of her great-grandfather.
Ms. Jackson challenges and inspires individuals to live by the same powerful values and ideals that inspired her great-grandfather: cohesive family, hard work, educational excellence, economic strength and independence through free enterprise.
She stresses the need for strong moral character and reverence for God: “Only by turning toward our founding Judeo/Christian values and principles, and by turning away from the politics of entitlement, race-baiting, and victimization, can we once again become a beacon of freedom throughout the world.”
A self-described, 'Christian first, and then a conservative who happens to be black', Ms. Jackson has appeared before many schools, universities, churches, associations as well as broadcast and print media, including: The Council for National Policy, Conservative Political Action Committee, The Constitutional Coalition, Trinity Broadcasting Network, California Federation of Republican Women, the Union Pacific Railroad, and Priests for Life.
She has co-authored, with her cousin, Sarah Rush, "Timeless Treasures - Reflections of God's Word in the Wisdom of Booker T. Washington
", a tribute to the pre-eminence of the Christian faith in their great-grandfather's life.
Ms. Jackson is a graduate of San Jose State in California and of the UCLA School of Law.
She remains a practicing lawyer and active real estate broker in the Los Angeles area.
John Massey, Jr.
Troy, New York and Northfield, Massachusetts
John Massey, Jr., founding pastor of the Redemption Church of Christ (Watervliet, NY) is the founder of the Redemption Christian Academies
The first Redemption Christian Academy (RCA) was established in 1979 in Troy, NY
RCA's 2nd campus opened in 2013 and is located on 100 scenic acres in the Pioneer Valley region of western Massachusetts, in Northfield. RCA is one of four remaining African American boarding schools in the country.
RCA is modeled on practical educational principles espoused by Booker T. Washington. Almost from its inception, RCA has made Up from Slavery
mandatory reading for every student, every year. BTW's principles of educating the head, heart, and hands are especially noticeable in the Academy's applied science curriculum and it Goodway Culinary and Career Development programs.
To support the school and its students, Pastor Massey founded the Goodway Gourmet Bakery
and other entrepreneurial programs and established the Founder's Choice Scholarship Fund.
Pastor John Massey, Jr. teaches that we are not victims of our circumstances, but victors over them. The countless transformed lives attest to the efficacy of Rev. Massey's leadership.
Just as Booker T. Washington's success derived from faith in the Word of God, a strong work ethic, selfless dedication, and autodidactic efforts, Pastor Massey began without a high school diploma, served four years in the US Navy, and then obtained his college degree in Pastoral Studies from the Gateway College of Evangelism.
His efforts to benefit others through overseas missions by supporting youth and community projects in Liberia, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Bulgaria, Australia, and South Africa has been honored and recognized with such awards as,
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Adult Award
presented by Governor Pataki;
The American Century Award for Involvement in the Community
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major Award for Community Leadership
The Albany District Links Award
; and The Red Cross's
Salute to Hometown Heroes Humanitarian Award for a Lifetime of Good Deeds
Pastor Massey's wife, Joan, shares his faith, drive, and work ethic, serving as principal of RCA since its inception. All five of their children remain actively involved with the school, either in Troy (NY) or on RCA's 101 acre Northfield (MA) campus.
Fred Wall, Vice-President
Fred Wall, founder of Creative Labels of Vermont
, was born in a little town called Shawville, in Quebec, Canada. A product of Christian upbringing, he learned early on to see business as a means to support oneself while serving others. His interest in the printing arts led him to the Montreal Graphic Arts Trade School, while continuing to dedicate his free time to various church groups, service clubs and community organizations.
Fred left Canada in I974 to pursue his printing career. While doing so, he joined a fraternal organization, rose through the ranks and eventually served on its Board of Governors for their Children's Hospital.
He founded Creative Labels of Vermont (CLOV) in 1983. Building a business from scratch proved a real struggle. So much so, that six years later, Fred turned his company over to God as CEO and gave himself the title of 'Second CEO'. Creative Labels has been successfully operating ever since.
With his company in God's hands (and Fred's son Dwane), Fred is free to serve God wherever he sees a need. In addition to serving as Vice President of the BTW Society, he serves on the Board of a Burlington, VT homeless shelter. Post-Katrina, he has built houses in Mississippi, and gone on several mission trips to N. Africa, Sudan and the Solomon Islands.
For the last six years, he and wife, Leslie, have spent three months each year in North Carolina, as volunteers with JAARS, the technical side of Wycliffe Bible Translators.
When he is not volunteering around the world, he make his home in Essex Junction, Vermont.
The Society acknowledges the following individuals who have kindly advised us along the the way.
Mr. Harry Alford
President and CEO, The National Black Chamber of Commerce
Mr. David Almasi
Director, National Center for Public Policy Research/Project 21
Ms. La Shawn Barber
Columnist and Author