C. Sade Turnipseed
Khafre, Inc ; Mississippi Valley State University, USA
Dr. C. Sade Turnipseed is the 2017 Diversity Educator of the Year for the state of Mississippi. A public historian/educator and community outreach specialist Turnipseed serves as the executive director of Khafre, Inc., where she leads the national and international campaign to erect a monument and memorial to Cotton Pickers and Sharecroppers of the American South. Turnipseed is an assistant professor of history at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) and is the former director of education and outreach for the B.B. King Museum. Turnipseed is the long-time host and producer of the Delta Renaissance television talk show. She currently produces the radio program Voices from the Valley--a MVSU Social Sciences department production, featuring oral histories of "grandmama'nem" (grandmother and them). In 2003, Burkina Faso's Minister of Culture appointed her to a six-year tenure as the official representative of the Pan African Film Festival, Ouagadougou, (FESPACO). Turnipseed received a U.S. Congressional Honor for “commitment to preserving the rich history and heritage of Mississippi.” She presents lectures and workshops on the global economic impact of "cotton" and Sharecroppers' cultural legacy internationally. Turnipseed was selected a Hutha Fellow, at Middle Tennessee State University, (MTSU), in Murfreesboro, TN (2014-15); and Fellow for the Delta Regional Authority's Delta Leadership Institute, among other awards. She also ran an impressive 2013 mayoral campaign in Indianola, MS, a city that is yet to elect a woman in this capacity. Turnipseed holds a PhD in Public History, from MTSU, and an MBA and MS in Telecommunications Management/Marketing from Golden Gate University, in San Francisco, CA.