David L. Acey

Board Member

David L. Acey, Sr. is a Retired Assistant Professor of African American Rhetoric and Interracial Communication at the University of Memphis in the Department of Communication, Memphis, Tennessee.  From 1979 to 1985 Acey was Director of African American Studies at the University where he developed several Afrocentric courses currently taught in the department.  His academic and professional life have been devoted to improving the quality of life for African Americans and others in the quest for achieving success in a global society. 

Dr. Acey’s focus has been devoted to developing strategies, encouraging participation in civic,/ public life, and improving communication skills and race relations from a multi-cultural perspective.  An understanding and an appreciation of one’s tradition/heritage will increase respect and understanding for one’s ethnicity.  As a result of his continued commitment to improve communication between different ethnic groups, fostering respect and academic excellence, approximately 31 years ago, Dr. Acey organized and currently serves as Executive Director of the Africa In April Cultural Awareness Festival, Inc., a non-profit organization.  This organization sponsors year round activities and the Africa In April Cultural Awareness Festival during the month of April designed to celebrate the arts, history, culture, and diversity of the African Diaspora.

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