Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sam Bradley is the Founder/ CEO at Gospel Beat Ent. J. C. Williams Community CTR is a Western New England College graduate. The Pan African Historical Museum USA is located downtown in Springfield’s Tower Square and comprises three galleries. PAHMUSA’s former executive director, LuJuana Hood, was a great friend to Connecting Point and a passionate advocate for Black American history and culture in the Pioneer Valley. Hood passed away unexpectedly last spring, but her legacy lives on in the museum's work. Sam Bradley, who was mentored by and worked closely with Ms. Hood, stepped in and took over the reins. Under Sam’s leadership, community partnerships, programming, and attendance have quadrupled. Sam has been involved in PAHMUSA for over twenty years.
LAURETTA PETERSON, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Coordinates the popular Underground Railroad program, organizes school tours, plans arts and crafts activities for museum patrons, and assists the executive director with community outreach. Lauretta has been involved in PAHMUSA for over thirty years and is a resolute promoter of Black history and culture. Her meticulous planning and vision have inspired some of the best programs and events at PAHMUSA and are always well attended.
Owner of City Beat Multi-Media Group, where he develops graphic art content for print & web mediums, produces/edits video content for mass media/web content, provide computer repair & maintenance expertise, creates websites, produces two cable access TV shows (working 3rd) and manage a gospel recording artist's marketing & promotions campaign. Tony has been involved in PAHMUSA for decades, lending his vast array of talent in community outreach, programming, media documentation of events, public speaking on radio and tv, and participating as a board member. He works directly with Sam and is responsible for keeping PAHMUSA’s thrust at the forefront of the community.
DREW KEATON EL
Drew Keaton El received his BA degree in Communications and Film Studies from St. Thomas Aquinas College. NY. a former Reentry Supervisor for the Prisoner Reentry Initiative(PRI/DOC). in Massachusetts, Mr. Keaton El is the Founder, and Director of Brotherhood on the Move Inc., a non-profit organization serving the youth of greater New England that facilitates a mentoring program, Radio talk show host and writes for the Metro Record Newspaper. Drew brings a wealth of expertise to PAHMUSA. He heightens the upbeat mood at events by serving as a DJ. His community affiliations are broad and deep because he cares about Springfield. He has touched the lives of people of all ages.
Amber Peterson is the Director of Program Innovation at LitWorld. She is an educator who believes passionately in the power of story and how it helps young people change themselves and the world. Amber’s affiliation with PAHMUSA dates back decades. Her wealth of knowledge and public speaking talent lends itself well when presenting tours for the Underground Railroad and leading workshops. Helping to coordinate a long-term timeline and content for year-round programming takes vision, which she has.
Renay Intisar Jihad, B.A. M.Ed., CAGS is a retired literacy coach and reading specialist. She owns and operates Essential Educational Service and Products and Intisar's Gourmet Desserts.
Writing for the Muslim Journal, AF-AM POV, MetaStellar.com, Poetryvibe.com, and Medium.com fulfills her desire to give back to her community. At PAHMUSA, she writes grants, presents workshops, and helps with program planning and website maintenance. Renay was initially involved in Pahmusa and, upon retirement, began serving as a volunteer.