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Billy O’Quinn is the speaker at second annual gala of the Texas African American Museum slated for this Saturday

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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.

The Texas African American Museum will be hosting its Second Annual Gala, Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 6:00pm at Willow Brook County Club, 3202 W. Erwin Street, Tyler, Texas with keynote speaker Billy O’Quinn.

Billy O’QuinnPhoto byPhoto submitted to Clarence Shackelford

Billy O’Quinn, is currently the Director of the Supply Chain-Chemical Division for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. A highly respected executive in the Manufacturing Industry and Corporate with over 30 years with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

Billy is a servant leader in the community and corporate America mentoring young diverse leaders and youth. His motto is simple “Work Hard and Stay Humble”.

Because all you have in this world is your name and you must protect your brand.

Prior to accepting the role of Director of Supply Chain, Billy led numerous corporate and manufacturing teams within Goodyear North America. Billy has lived in eight different states and held seventeen different leadership positions within Goodyear.

His most humbling experience was in 2015 when Billy was appointed Vice President of Goodyear’s Black Network Employee Resource Group from its inception where he served three terms with the responsibility for recruiting and maintaining new members through mentorship and coaching.

The Texas African American Museum is based in Tyler, Texas is under the auspice of Empowerment Community Development Corporation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.

The sponsors for the 2023 Gala are, Citizens 1st Bank, Southside Bank, Optimum, James I. Perkins Foundation, Brookshires Grocery Company, Good Year, UT Tyler, Promise Academy, Community Funeral home, and Bowie Ranch.


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:

  1. CAR Texas Academy - (CAR = Coding Aeronautics Robotics Academy™) - Stanley Cofer, program director
  2. ENDS - Empowerment Neighborhood Development Services™ - Stanley Cofer, program director.
  3. I Am Beautiful Movement™ - LaToyia S. Jordan, program director.
  4. Small and Minority Owned Businesses Initiative™ - Stanley Cofer, program director.
  5. TAAM - Texas African American Museum™ - Gloria Washington, program director.
  6. Tour Tyler Texas™ - Clarence Edmond Shackelford, program director.
  7. Veterans Banquet - LaRhonda Hamilton, program director.
  8. 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. This 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

NewsBreak article Sponsored by: LeRoy Francis Sr. DBA Community Funeral Home Tyler and Clarence Edmond Shackelford.

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I have been a community publicist in East Texas since 1985 in this role I have covered 10's of thousands of special events. I am also the founder of the founder Tour Tyler Texas and the Texas African American Museum

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