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Dr. Charles Steele, Jr.

Dr. Charles Steele, Jr.
Dr. Charles Steele, Jr.
Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)

Charles Steele, Jr. is President Emeritus and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Dr. Steele is a civil rights leader first, using his constituency as a pulse to direct action and chapter development of public policies. In 1985, Dr. Steele was elected to the Tuscaloosa City Council where he served two terms. During his tenure as City Councilman, he organized the Unity Day Scholarship Fund, the Tuscaloosa Police Athletic League, and secured funds for purchase of Palmore Park and Barrs’ Quarters (Charles Steele Estates), the first low-income, no-down-payment home ownership program in West Alabama.

In 1994, Charles Steele, Jr. was elected to the Alabama state senate. As senator, he played a key role in recruiting Mercedes Benz to Tuscaloosa County as well as several new plants in his district. He was instrumental in locating Tire and Wheel Assembly. (T&WA) in Greene County, H&H (truck beds) in Perry County and Greenco Dimensions, In November 2004, he became President and CEO of SCLC and was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College. In February of 2009, Dr. Steele resigned as SCLC President and CEO to start his own consulting firm, Charles Steele & Associates (CSA). In 2011 the board of SCLC unanimously voted Dr. Steele as President Emeritus. On July 2, 2012 he was elected Chief Executive Officer for the second time. In August 2013, Dr. Steele made history by becoming the first SCLC President and CEO to ever hold this position twice.

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