Steele departing King Commission | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Steele departing King Commission

Posted By on Thu, Oct 12, 2006 at 9:58 AM

Sen. Tracy Steele is giving up one of his two  public paychecks, a double-dip that has caused him some criticism over the years. He is resigning as director of the state Martin Luther King Commission. A news release extolling his work, but not revealing his future plans, is on the jump.

The folks over at Briefing Notebook, which broke the news first, indicate Steele may be getting into the publishing business. His brother, Michael, has an ad/PR firm, Advantage Communications Inc., and has had an interest in establishing a publication targeting an African-American audience.

Indeed, we did a little checking and it would appear that the monthly magazine is ready for a rollout tomorrow. It will be known as Stand! News.

The commission will decide who succeeds Steele in a job that pays upwards of $50,000. Will they advertise the opening and interview candidates? Or, as some surmise, does Steele have a hand-picked candidate in the wings? The commission is generally friendly to Steele, who successfully fought off removal efforts led by critics who said he has accomplished little in his 12 years there.

ACI NEWS RELEASE

Senator Tracy Steele will announce today his decision to leave his position as executive director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, a position he has held since the commission’s inception in 1994. 

“It’s always nice to leave on your own time and terms,” said Steele. “As a person, a leader, and a public official, I will continue to uphold the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.”

Senator Steele has done a tremendous amount of work with the King Commission.  In over a decade of service, Steele has managed to bring global recognition to Arkansas through his work with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Andrew Young, Julian Bond, Miss America Debbie Turner, and the late Coretta Scott King.  He has been recognized by Ebony magazine as one of the nation’s top young leaders, and received the American Century Award from the Washington Times Foundation.

In the 2005 Arkansas legislative session, Senator Steele sponsored Act 1483 to appropriate funds to erect the Little Rock Nine Civil Rights Monument. Throughout all of his endeavors, he has never forgotten to leave a legacy for the children of Arkansas to follow.  Programs such as the “I Have a Dream” Youth Assembly, the Arkansas African-American History Makers coloring book, and King Teams reflect not only this legacy, but prove to young African-Americans that their dreams can also breed realities. “I’m proud of the past, but I’m even more excited about the future,” said Steele.

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (5)

Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Anybody around?

    The Thanksgiving open line.
    • Nov 23, 2017
  • Turkeys rescued in Yellville enjoy their Thanksgiving

    Farm Sanctuary, an animal protection organization, sends word that four turkeys rescued from the Yellville Turkey Trot after the annual drops from buildings and an airplane will enjoy Thanksgiving in friendlier places
    • Nov 23, 2017
  • The New Orleans charter school 'miracle'? It's a ruse

    The New Orleans Tribune has a devastating piece of editorial commentary, based on local reporting and test scores, that lays bare the depiction of the charterization of New Orleans public schools 12 years ago as a miracle of the "reform" movement.
    • Nov 23, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Judge anticipates punishment of lawyers in Fort Smith class action case

    Federal Judge P.K. Holmes of Fort Smith issued a 32-page ruling yesterday indicating he contemplates punishment of 16 lawyers who moved a class action lawsuit against an insurance company out of his court to a state court in Polk County after a settlement had been worked out.
    • Apr 15, 2016
  • The inspiring Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton's campaign for president illustrates again the double standard applied to women. Some writers get it. They even find the supposedly unlikable Clinton inspiring.
    • Oct 16, 2016
  • Kenneth Starr: A comment from Betsey Wright

    Betsey Wright, former President Bill Clinton's chief of staff when he was Arkansas governor, responds bitterly to a New York Times article today quoting Whitewater Prosecutor Kenneth Starr's warm words about Clinton. She can't forget the lives Starr ruined in Arkansas.
    • May 24, 2016

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Anybody around?

    • Shit, Cato, looks like somebody might have to do some time. Won't be hard time…

    • on November 23, 2017
  • Re: Anybody around?

    • Just in case anyone on board is keeping up with the Sen. Jake Files escapades:…

    • on November 23, 2017
  • Re: Anybody around?

    • Great story mountaingirl!

    • on November 23, 2017

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation