Join us as we welcome Author Talk speaker Pamela Young-Jacobs to UNCW Randall Library on November 15th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Sherman Hayes Gallery, First Floor.
PAMELA YOUNG-JACOBS is the Vice Chief of the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe of North Carolina and the immediate past Chairwoman. She is charged with using her voice to protect tribal sovereignty, promote economic development, health and educational initiatives. She is employed by Southeastern Community College as the Director of the Small Business Center. She is the first American Indian woman to hold this position. She is leading the way in American Indian activism and education on campus at SCC in her work to develop traditional classes taught by American Indian instructors and economic development through the expansion and establishment of Native owned small businesses in the county. She is a poet with works published in Marijo Moore’s Feeding the Ancient Fire. She was born to a mother who was an activist for the community and a father who was the first Assistant Chief appointed by Chief Clifton Freeman. She is the wife of Marine Veteran, Velton Jacobs, together they have six children and three grandsons. She takes pride in being the individual who isn’t afraid of taking risks and does not make excuses when it comes to creating opportunities for her people to thrive, in her father’s words “leave this world better than you found it.”. She was recently appointed by Governor Cooper to the Council of Women and selected to sit as the first tribal leader on the Columbus County Chamber of Commerce. In the words of Wilma Mankiller, “The secret of our success is that we never, never give up.”