Charlie J. Gillette, Jr.
A Ph.D. in African and African American History, Sheila Flemming is Founder and Volunteer President of the Black Rose Foundation for Children, Inc. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the foundation including programming, finances, fund development, marketing, and constituency support. Dr. Sheila encouraged the founders of the Moore-Myers Children’s Fund (MMCF) to establish the organization and Black Rose Foundation for Children, Inc. served as the fiduciary for MMCF until they received their 501c3. She sees her role as a member of the Board of Directors of MMCF is to help shepherd the organization to greatness by nurturing the potential in children served. Dr. Sheila is also serving as Associate Editor of Phylon: The Clark Atlanta University Review of Race and Culture at Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA). She has spent most of her career in the academy as a historian, dean, and vice president. She is the author of Bethune-Cookman College 1904-1994: The Answered Prayer to a Dream and she has contributed articles on African and African American women, Nelson Mandela, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Black Women’s Health in published works. She and her daughters (Attorney Alero Afejuku and Dr. Ayo Gathing) recently penned an article, “Love Lessons: Black Women Teaching Black Girls to Love,” in Black Women’s Mental Health: Balancing Strength & Vulnerability and two children’s books: “J is for Justice” and “I Am Love: A Book About the Meaning of Love.” Dr. Sheila is the mother of two daughters and Mimi to four grandsons.