|Sheila Flemming-Hunter was the
24th President of ASALH. She is
also the founder of the Black
Rose Foundation for Children.
Sheila Flemming-Hunter is a child of God, wife, mother, entrepreneur and philanthropist. A children's advocate for more than twenty years, she works tirelessly in her community to help children experience a better life. She currently serves as Founder and President of The Black Rose Foundation for Children, Inc. (BRFC). Founded in Daytona Beach in 2004 by Sheila and her daughters (Alero and Ayo Afejuku) the mission of BRFC is to be a bridge for abandon children, especially children of incarcerated parents and foster children. The goal of BRFC is to provide financial assistance for model youth programs that will be replicated in such states as Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina as well as Tennessee. BRFC is a not for profit 501(c) 3 charitable organization.
In Memphis, Tennessee, where she resides, Sheila's philanthropic work centers on capacity building for local organizations dedicated to empowerment for children. Through her foundation work she has participated as a member of the Board of Directors of Families of Incarcerated Individuals, Inc. and the Memphis Business Academy. BRFC currently coordinates the Memphis Cares Mentoring Movement, an affiliate of the National Cares Movement led by the visionary Susan Taylor, formerly of Essence Magazine.
Sheila is also an entrepreneur. In 2006, she and her husband, Robert, established Immeasurable Favor, LLC "IF". A limited liability company, "IF" is a corporation founded on Christian principles and until November 2010 did business as "Right at Home in Home Care and Assistance" (RAH). Their company was among the top twenty of 150 RAH franchises in America that provides homemaker, companion and personal support services for mostly elderly people in their homes. Building on Robert's social work career, Sheila's education experiences, and both administrative backgrounds, RAH served as a compassionate venture helping those in need, providing employment and contributing to economy of the Memphis area.
Sheila is a Ph.D. in African and African American History and has served in the professoriate at several universities including Bethune-Cookman University, University of Texas and University of Maryland. She spent most of her years in the academy as a Dean and Vice President at several institutions. She has also served on national boards in the United Methodist Church and currently serves as Chair of the Centennial Committee of the Executive Council of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (the Founders of Black History Month).
Sheila is a global citizen having traveled to every continent but Australia. She believes God has so much for her to do; she remains open to his direction as she follows his light.
To view Sheila Flemming-Hunter's Curriculum Vitae, click here.