Curtis Faulkner, a longtime volunteer of the Hazelwood School District, was recently appointed to the Special School District Board of Education.
Faulkner has served on many different committees including, budgeting, redistricting, public relations and strategic planning. He has been an active volunteer for 19 years.
In 1976, Faulkner started C. Faulkner and Associates Promotional Agency, managing nationally acclaimed jazz artist and presenting their performances in Texas, Louisiana and later Missouri. In 1984, he became a social entrepreneur as the founding Executive Director and CEO of the Juneteenth Heritage & Jazz Festival Inc., a federally registered 501-c-3 heritage and cultural preservation and event productions organization.
Faulkner currently serves as the national chairman of tourism for the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation. He received a "Lifetime Achievement" award in 2006 by the foundation and the Congressional Black Caucus for his work in promoting the awareness and values of Juneteenth nationwide.
In 2010, St. Louis Commerce Magazine listed the Juneteenth Heritage & Jazz Festival Inc. among the regions "Who's Who" non-profit organizations. In 2016, he started the Dred Scott Advocates of Justice, and Equity a Missouri registered Political Action Committee (PAC) and currently serves as chief advocate for establishing a community revitalization plan for North County.
“Mr. Curtis Faulkner has been instrumental in helping the District build coalitions and capacity within the Community,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of schools. “He will be an even greater asset to the Special School District Board of Education and to our community.”