Clarence Edmond Shackelford aka "Shabba" and aka "M1Y", is a publicist, and the founder of Tour Tyler Texas and also the Texas African American Museum both programs are under the auspices of the Empowerment Community Development Corporation, which is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit. - Written by the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce
Henry worked for 14 years with what is now Regions Bank in Tyler and has been with the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce for over 33 years where he is currently President.
He has added responsibilities for the Tyler Convention and Visitors Bureau referred to as Visit Tyler and SPORTyler as well. He currently serves on the board of Champions for Children, Mosaic and Chair of the Development Board of the Pharmacy School at UT Tyler.
Today, February 13, we celebrate Henry Bell's 34 years of service with the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce. Our Chamber family recognizes' the quality person we have, and that the Tyler Chamber would not be the organization it is today without Henry.
Henry’s many years of service is a true testimony to his dedication to the organization, and he is truly valued for his contributions. Our Chamber is nationally recognized for its commitment to excellence, and we continue to strive to serve the business community here in the East Texas area with Henry leading the way.
Happy Workiversary, Henry!
From humble beginnings 150 years ago on a piece of high ground that is now the town square, Tyler has grown to be the largest community in East Texas. Boasting an MSA population of over 225,000, Tyler offers the cultural diversity, quality education, health care, and recreational opportunities of a large city with the hometown friendliness and quality of life of a small community.
About Empowerment Community Development Corporation
Under the auspices of the Empowerment Community Development Corporation, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit we have 8 flagship programs:
CAR Texas Academy - (CAR = Coding Aeronautics Robotics Academy™) - Stanley Cofer, program director
ENDS - Empowerment Neighborhood Development Services™ - Stanley Cofer, program director.
I Am Beautiful Movement™ - LaToyia S. Jordan, program director.
Small and Minority Owned Businesses Initiative™ - Stanley Cofer, program director.
TAAM - Texas African American Museum™ - Gloria Washington, program director.
Tour Tyler Texas™ - Clarence Edmond Shackelford, program director.
Veterans Banquet - LaRhonda Hamilton, program director.
Learning Pavilion in Wood County ™ - Stanley Cofer, program director.
The City of Tyler donated an old fire station which is 5,070 square feet and 1.8 acres which we use both as a community services center and the Texas African American Museum which is open to the public FREE of charge on Thursdays and Fridays 10A - 2P and also on Saturdays 10A - 4P.
Last year a historical community church donated their church to use in Wood County.
Last year the First Presbyterian Church of Tyler, Texas donated use a 14-passager mini-bus for our Tour Tyler Texas program.
Our board president Stanley Cofer and all four-board member oversee our program. Since 2016 we have been putting on annual festivals during the pandemic.
Sources: https://empowermentcdc.org, - TourTylerTexas@gmail.com
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