biographies, D-I

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Darcel Madkins

Darrell Kain is a Business Services Manager for the Capital Area Workforce Development Board in Wake County. He promotes business and education partnerships in technical related sectors such as life sciences, renewable energy, information technology, and digital media. He works closely with Wake Tech Community College, NC State University, and Wake County public high schools to close technical skills gaps through workplace learning projects. In previous positions, Darrell placed former military candidates into leadership and technical positions across the country and led organizational team building sessions using the DISC behavior profile. Darrell graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and held the rank of Captain in the U.S Army. Family is an important part of Darrell’s life, he is married to Beverly Kain and has two daughters, Monica and Sydney. Beverly owns her own home decorating business, House N Order, and the girls are “A” students. Darrell is an active member of his church and serves at the High School Youth Minister. The interracial and economically diverse group has 60 members and 4 adult volunteers. As the president of “A Legacy of Tradition” giving circle, Darrell works with 8 African American male leaders to work on community issues. The group has spearheaded projects to address high suspension rates for minority students and projects to help more African American males obtain mentors.

Dorothy Clark: I currently live in Durham, NC and I’m not leaving anytime soon! I’m originally from the lovely town of Thomasville, Georgia – City of Roses and home of the Big Oak.

In July of 2012, I retired from the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. I emphasize that I retired form Duke, not from work. I recently completed my first season in my newly created business doing income taxes, with particular emphasis on visual, performing, and literary artists. With 15 years as an arts administrator, even more years as a performing artist, and as a seasoned tax preparer, I thought I had a unique skill set to offer the community of artists. For the coming fall, I’m offering a series of workshops designed to help the microbusiness owners sharper their business focus.

My philanthropic interests are in line with those of my giving circle, 20/20 Sisters of Vision – helping to improve the lives of women. I sponsor a young girl in a Haitian school, and am helping a local teen with her college expenses. I am especially interested in seeing higher education made more available because it without question the key to economic prosperity.

My interests are diverse; I’m a Bronze level Toastmaster, humorist, stage actor, director, and writer. And if all that’s not enough to keep me busy, I start divinity school in August.

Dwayne Marshall

My name is Earlean Suitte Henderson, and I am from Ridgeway, a rural farm area in Warren County, North Carolina. My community is known for growing cantaloupes, unlike most of the farmers in the area that grew tobacco and cotton. Ridgeway cantaloupes were shipped around the country, most notably; they were shipped to Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Our community is very proud of its cantaloupe farming legacy and now hosts an annual Cantaloupe Festival, in which the Heritage Quilters participate.

An event that celebrates Ridgeway’s rich African American history is the reunion. I helped to start the event and continue to work with the planning committee. The purpose of the reunion is to get those who grew up in Ridgeway to come back home, reconnect with the community and to ensure that the long standing “First Sunday in August, Ridgeway Church Homecoming” tradition is maintained. The reunion activities include a Friday night “meet and greet,” a Saturday morning tour of old landmark, community history sharing, a family fun day and church on Sunday. The tour and history sharing is especially important for the young people.

I attended school during racial segregation, which, I can honestly say shaped my life. We were organizing around issues of race and integration at our school. About 1968, Floyd Mckissick showed up in our community and founded Soul City, a planned rural community. His daughter, Joycelyn, started Project Community, in which I became a community organizer. I have worked hard with voter registration, was active in the local school PTA as a parent and community person, and was a member of the National Education Activist Group. I am still active in my community doing outreach for a Summer Enrichment Program, which is supported by the Heritage Quilters Giving Circle Fund.

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