National Park Service Seeks members for Bethune Council House Advisory Board
See press release here
June 2, 2015: The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site commemorates the life of Mary McLeod Bethune and the organization she founded, the National Council of Negro Women.
Public Law 102-211, December 11, 1991, established the park as a part of the National Park System. Section 4 of P.L. 102-211 established the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site Advisory Commission. The purpose of the Commission is to advise the Secretary of the Interior on matters relating to the management and development of the historic site as often as necessary, but at least semiannually.
A request for nominations was published in the Federal Register on July 23, 2014, followed by a widespread News Release being issued to the media on August 8, 2014. Letters were sent by the Acting Regional Director, dated August 4, 2014, to previous Commission members, stakeholders, as well as the leaders of numerous national African American organizations, to which many Mrs. Bethune had a direct connection. Some of these organizations also posted the request on their websites and list serves. Though many excellent nominations were submitted, the number of responses received was far less than anticipated. This resulted in an insufficient pool of potential candidates from which to select the number of members required to represent the national organizations and/or various professional areas required to make up the Commission. As a result, the National Park Service is again announcing our intent to re-establish the Advisory Commission and requesting the submission of nominations. Individuals who have already applied need not reapply unless they wish to update their nomination and/or provide additional supporting documentation.
Pursuant to the enabling legislation, a copy of which is enclosed, three of the Commission’s 15 members are to be appointed by the Secretary from nominations submitted by the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. In a similar letter, we invited Mrs. Ingrid Saunders-Jones, on behalf of your organization to submit nominations. In addition to the NCNW nominations and those being requested from national organizations in which Mary McLeod Bethune played a leadership role, the legislation also provides for members from other sources. Specifically: two members having professional expertise in the history of African American women; two members having professional experience in historic preservation; three members having professional experience in archival management, and three members to represent the general public.
Accordingly, I invite you to nominate, within 30 days from the date of this letter, six individuals to be considered for appointment to the Commission. Each member will serve for a 4-year term. Please include a biographical outline with home and business addresses and email, fax, and telephone numbers for each individual you recommend. For your reference, please find enclosed a copy of the Federal Register Notice requesting nominations for the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site Advisory Commission.
The National Park Service looks forward to receiving your response in this matter of mutual interest.
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