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 ATLANTA, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights announced the appointment of 12 people to its North Carolina Advisory Committee. The advisory committee assists the federal commission in its factfinding and investigative functions in North Carolina. The committee's chairperson is Asa T. Spaulding Jr. from Raleigh. Other members of the committee are James Lamarr Stowe, also from Raleigh; Geneva Bland Brown and Dr. George McLeod Bryan from Winston-Salem; Lena Sun Chou from Cary; Dr. Joseph DiBona from Durham; the Rev. Mazie Butler Ferguson, Dr. Wyatt D. Kirk and William A. Stern from Greensboro; Bettie C. Hooks from Jonas Ridge; Deborah Crouch McKeithan of Charlotte; and John H. Poag of Morehead City.
 Asa T. Spaulding Jr. is chairman/president/CEO of the Galaxy Enterprise Group, Inc., an entrepreneurial development company. He is the former vice president of Durham Life Broadcasting, Inc. He has held membership on the board of governors of the University of North Carolina; board of directors of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce; and board of directors of the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research.
 Geneva Bland Brown is retired after 39 years in public education. She was a school principal for 23 years in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System. She holds membership on several boards including Best Choice Center; Forsyth Community Development Council; Leadership Winston-Salem; and Project Blueprint, a United Way project to recruit and train African-Americans to serve on boards and committees.
 Dr. George McLeod Bryan is an emeritus professor of education at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. He is a member of the National Urban Coalition Board; Pennsylvania Community Board of Trustees; North Carolina Human Relations Commission; Fellowship of Southern Churchmen Board; Southern Regional Council; and Baptist Interracial Fellowship. He authored the 1993 book "Southern White Input into the Civil Rights Movement: 1941-1991. A Personalized History."
 Lena Sun Chou is an independent real estate appraiser and broker in Cary. She is a spokesperson on behalf of the Chinese and Asian-American communities in the Raleigh area. She is a member of the Anti-Asian Violence Task Force of the Organization of Chinese Americans. Her efforts also spawned two new advocacy groups: the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium and the National Network Against Anti- Asian Violence.
 Dr. Joseph DiBona is an associate professor of education at Duke University in Durham. He is a former Fulbright research fellow, traveling to Delhi and Calcutta, India. He is an organizer of the Southeast Regional Comparative and International Education Society. DiBona chaired the Program in Comparative Studies on Southern Asia and was director of the Center for South Asian Studies.
 The Rev. Mazie Butler Ferguson is a pioneering "Female Baptist Ordained Minister" and a legal specialist at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro. She has participated in various activities sponsored by the Greensboro Human Relations Commission and the Greensboro 100. Ferguson is a member of the Greensboro Pulpit Forum's Ad Hoc Committee on Civil Rights; Habitat for Humanity; Greensboro NAACP; and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
 Bettie C. Hooks is assistant director of volunteer services for Broughton State Hospital in Morgantown. She is a member of the Crossnore Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, serving in several offices since 1979 and currently good citizenship chairman. She served as president of the Burke County Republican Women's Federation Club from 1985-87 and as a member of the North Carolina Republican Central Committee from 1981-87.
 Dr. Wyatt D. Kirk is chairperson and associate professor of the Human Development and Services Department at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro. He is affiliated with several organizations including: Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES); Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development; National Alliance of Black School Educators; and Association on Non-White Concerns. He has received the award "Who's Who Among Black Americans" in 1975, 1985 and 1988.
 Deborah Crouch McKeithan is president and founder of Learning How, Inc., an organization that helps physically handicapped people attain their fullest potential. Chairperson of the North Carolina Governor's Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities, McKeithan is also a member of the North Carolina Housing Coordination and Policy Council and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce's Blue Ribbon Committee on Labor Force Availability.
 John H. Poag is president of Captain Bill's, Inc., a large seafood restaurant in Morehead City. He is president of the Carteret County Restaurant Association; member, North Carolina Small Business Council; and chairperson, Growth Development Committee of First Baptist Church. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the Texas Bar Association.
 William A. Stern is president of the Residence Development Company in Greensboro. He also serves as director of the Greensboro Urban Ministry. He is a life member of the National Commission of the Anti- Defamation League of the B'nai B'rith and is a former member of the North Carolina Commission on the Holocaust. He has held membership on Foundation of Greater Greensboro Finance Committee; Greensboro Chamber of Commerce Community Unity Division; and Greensboro Crisis Control Center.
 James Lamarr Stowe is the former executive director of the N.C. Human Relations Commission in Raleigh, a position he held since 1987. He has hosted numerous conferences for the National Association of Human Rights Workers (NAHRW), U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and other various civil and human rights agencies. Stowe has traveled across the state as keynote speaker, workshop presenter, and outreach on behalf of the Human Relations Commission and advocating for better human relations.
 Working in coordination with the commission's Southern Regional Office in Atlanta, the North Carolina Advisory Committee conducts factfinding reviews on civil rights problems and publishes reports of its factfindings and recommendations.
 The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, first established by Congress in 1957, is an independent, bipartisan, factfinding agency of the federal government concerned with discrimination based on color, race, religion, sex, age, handicap, national origin or in the administration of justice. Bobby D. Doctor is director of the Southern Regional Office.
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 /CONTACT: Bobby D. Doctor, Southern Regional Office, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 404-730-2476/

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