Meet the Commissioners

Addie Richburg, Executive Director
Addie L. Richburg is co-founder and serves as President and Chairman of the Board of the National Alliance of Faith and Justice (NAFJ). She is a retired employee of the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). She served as the National Volunteer Coordinator and key subject matter expert to over 100 institutions and six regions for volunteer and citizen participation programs at the agency headquarters in Washington, DC. In her 22 year career with the BOP, Ms. Richburg received over 30 awards to include the agency’s highest national award for EE0 (Equal Employment Opportunity).
Dr. Rex M. Ellis, Chair
Dr. Ellis serves as the Associate Director Emeritus for Curatorial Affairs at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) at the Smithsonian Institution. He was the first African American Vice President of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He is author of two books. His presentations, lectures, workshops, and consultancies focus on public programming, diversity, interpretation, and African American History and culture.
Mr. Ted T. Ellis, Vice Chair
A New Orleans-born and nationally renown artist, Mr. Ellis has captured and created over 5,000 paintings of the life of African Americans for more than 25 years. Each painting unravels a mystery, tells a story, illustrates hidden meaning, or pays homage to forebears by placing Black experiences front and center.

Mr. Ronnie Carson, 2nd Vice Chair
Mr. Carson is the owner and CEO of the largest network of freestanding black lung centers in the nation, the Carson Black Lung Education and Research Centers in Virginia and Kentucky. His roots and preservation of black history also chronicles a magnificent family and local past. With his wife, Jill, Mr. Carson also co-founded the Appalachian African American Cultural Center in 1988, a repository of historic artifacts and a nonprofit housed in a building donated by Lee County which once served as a segregated schoolhouse. 
Mr. Lonnie G. Bunch III
14th Secretary of
the Smithsonian Institution
Overseeing 19 museums, 21 libraries, the National Zoo, numerous research centers, and several
education units and centers, Secretary Bunch was the previous the director of the Smithsonian’s National
Museum of African American History and
Culture. When he started in July 2005, he
had one staff member, no collections, no
funding and no site for a museum. Driven by optimism, determination and a commitment to build “a place that would make America better,” Bunch transformed a vision into a bold reality. The museum has welcomed over 6 million visitors since it opened in September 2016 and compiled a collection of 40,000 objects that are housed in the first “green building” on the National Mall. Secretary Bunch has published numerous books and magazine articles on topics ranging from African American history to cultural experiences in Japan.
Mr. Terry E. Brown
Former Superintendent, Fort Monroe National Monument, National Park Service, Virginia
Mr. Brown leads America250’s federal partnerships to secure the widest participation in the commemoration. With
over 30 years of federal service, he is the former Superintendent of Fort Monroe National Monument in Virginia. Mr. Brown helped organize and lead the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in English North America, which culminated with the joint ribbon-cutting for a new Fort Monroe Visitor Center and a Healing Day Ceremony. Mr. Brown has received many NPS honors, including the Outstanding Service Award for 2004 Federal Executive Board of Excellence in Government. Most recently he received the prestigious 2019 Appleman-Judd-Lewis award for his leadership in the commemoration of 400 years of African American history.

Ms. Kenya M. Cox
District Director
for U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, MD
Commissioner Cox previously served in
various key positions including Executive
Director for the Kansas African American Affairs Commission, Kansas Department for Children and Families, and on the staff of U.S. Representatives Todd Tiahart and Mike Pompeo.
Growing up in Wichita, Ms. Cox graduated
from Cowley County Community College and attended Wichita State University. She currently serves as President of the Kansas State Conference of the NAACP and as chair of the 400 YAAHC Education Committee.
Prophet Anyanwu Cox, RN, M.Ed.
Reconciliation Ministry Without Walls, International Missions Reform, and Holistic Practitioner, Activist, and Advocate located in Wichita, Kansas.
Prophet Cox is a trained in Sawubona (SHC), UBUNTU and Emotional Emancipation Healing Circles SM created by the
Association of Black Psychologist, Inc.
(ABPsi) and the Community Healing Network, Inc., which offers culturally specific intergenerational healing circles for persons of African descent. Prophet Cox is an Enstooled Elder on The African American Council of Elders-Wichita/South Central Kansas, Inc. and the National Black Council of Elders’ Steering Committee. Anyanwu serves on the ABPsi National Programs Team and the SHC Planning Committee. She is also a Co-chair with the International Working Group for the Permanent Forum on People of African Descent’s, Education and Outreach subcommittee.
Dr. Joseph L. Green, Jr.
Pastor and Co-Founder Antioch Assembly; Founder/CEO, Josiah Generation Ministries; Founder, The 2019 Movement, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Dr. Green is a husband, father, businessman, and published author. In September of 2016 Dr. Green started the 2019 Movement, aimed at racial and cultural reconciliation. Dr. Green is head pastor of St Paul Missionary Baptist Church, in Harrisburg, PA. He is a Facilitator of Cultural Intelligence Training. He is also the author of several books including Kingdom Business, which discusses race, religion, and politics from a Biblical perspective, The
2019 Movement, and The Power of The
Original Church: Turning The World Upside
Down.

Hannibal B. Johnson
Esq., Attorney, Author, College Professor
Mr. Johnson, a Harvard
Law School graduate, is an author, attorney, independent consultant, and
college professor. He chairs the Education
Committee for the 1921 Tulsa Race
Massacre Centennial Commission. Mr. Johnson is the author of several books,
including Black Wall Street and Black Wall
Street 100, a chronicle the African American experience in Oklahoma and its
indelible impact on America. In 2021 Mr. Johnson was inducted into the Tulsa and Oklahoma Halls of Fame.
Mr. Lewis H. Rogers, Jr.
Superintendent, Petersburg National Battlefield, National Park Service, Virginia
Mr. Rogers serves as primary appointee of the National Park Service (NPS) on the 400 Years of African-American History Commission. During his 35 years in the NPS, he has served at 12 different posts in the National Park System, all within park units except details to the Northeast Regional Office as the Deputy Regional Director, Chief of Staff, and the Branch Chief for Law Enforcement. Mr. Rogers currently serves as Superintendent of Petersburg National Battlefield in Virginia. While at Independence National Historical Park, Valley Forge National Historical Park, and Booker T. Washington National Monument, Mr. Lewis learned how each park met the challenge to tell a complete and balanced story. Mr. Rogers has a BS in Parks and Recreation with a concentration in Resource Management from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. He is also a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia.
Mr. Glenn Freeman
Mr. Freeman served with distinction in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years. His military decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service, and Air Force Commendation medals. In April 2008 Mr. Freeman was recognized by the U.S. Congress for his many distinguished civic accomplishments
(Congressional Record, April 28, 2008). The governor of Nebraska appointed him
Commissioner with the State Equal Opportunity Commission. He also served on the Nebraska Human Relations and Civil
Rights Hearing Board. He currently serves on the Nebraska Commission on African American Affairs.

Mr. Kenneth S. Johnson
President and CEO, JMI, a Richmond-based marketing and communications firm; Member, Board of Trustees, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
Mr. Bob Kendrick
President, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City, Missouri