Carletta Fellows: Ensuring African American Representation in Maryland
(PRINCE GEORGE'S - October 14, 2011) - Carletta Fellows has been making plenty noise lately as she - and her friends - are sounding the clarion call to all African Americans in the state of Maryland. And to anyone else who will listen, for that matter. The Washington Post listened. The Gazette caught wind of it, too.
Their group, the Fannie Lou Hamer PAC, was formed last year. This year, they are out with guns ablazing.
At issue, the Governor's map for Congressional redistricting where she and her patriots are seeking an additional Congressional seat. Why? Because the growing numbers in Prince George's County dictate it.
In any event, meet Carletta Fellows.
Carletta Fellows was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in Warrensville Heights, a suburb of Cleveland. Ms. Fellows received an athletic scholarship in volleyball to attend St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina. At the end of her freshman year, Ms. Fellows decided to transfer to Kent State University, in Kent, Ohio to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Psychology. Upon completion of her bachelor’s degree, Ms. Fellows then pursued a Masters Degree in Education, with Reading Certification from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. In 1997, Ms. Fellows then relocated to Prince George’s County, Maryland. Over the next six years, Ms. Fellows taught in Prince George’s County, and a District of Columbia Public Charter School. In 2003, Ms. Fellows began her tenure at Friendship House Association, Inc, one of the oldest non-profits in the District of Columbia providing social service programs to low-income children and families. She served as Director of Extended and Early Learning Programs for 3.5 years. This position allowed for her to develop and implement extended learning and enrichment programs for school age children in areas identified as hot zones in the District of Columbia.
In 2005 Ms. Fellows saw a need to become more actively involved in the education and politics in the area where she lived, Prince George’s County. Therefore, she actively got involved in the movement to return the school board to an elected body. In 2006 Ms. Fellows became an At-Large Candidate and campaigned for a seat to serve on the Prince George’s County School Board. This was her first attempt at running for an elected position. Although not successful, she gained tremendous insight into the inner-workings of the Prince George’s County School System and Prince George’s County Politics.
In 2007, Ms. Fellows became Legislative Director to Delegate Aisha Braveboy of Maryland’s 25th Legislative District. In the position of Legislative Director, Ms. Fellows researched and implemented policy initiatives on education and housing matters. In 2008, Ms. Fellows served as Director of Campaign Services for Prince George’s County for then Candidate Donna Edwards bid for Congress for Maryland’s 4th Congressional District. After the special election to replace Congressman Albert Wynn, Donna Edwards became Congresswoman of Maryland’s 4th Congressional District in June of 2008. In November of 2008, Ms. Fellows became Special Events Coordinator for Representative Donna Edwards. In the 2010 Democratic Primary, Ms. Fellows was the Campaign Manager for the unsuccessful bid of Mark Spencer for State’s Attorney of Prince George’s County, Maryland.
Currently, Ms. Fellows is heavily involved in the Maryland State Redistricting Process at the Congressional and State Level. She is the organizer and one of the key consultants to the Fannie Lou Hamer Political Action Committee which was established to ensure fair and responsive redistricting in the State of Maryland. The PAC was named after one of her most admired activist, Fannie Lou Hamer, who was a champion for the poor and disenfranchised in the state of Mississippi. Hamer's actions in Mississippi had an impact on people of color everywhere in the United States. Ms. Fellows believes that one has to be ready and willing to take a stand when the rights of the people, specifically people of color, are being trampled or marginalized.
Ms. Fellows is a member or former member of the following organizations: Coalition of 100 Black Women, Prince George’s County Chapter, Kent State University Black Alumni Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, former board member of Pacifica’s WPFW. 89.3FM – Local Station Board, a former board treasurer for Kings Grant Homeowner’s Association and former curriculum advisor to Children Youth Investment Trust Corporation in Washington, DC.
Ms. Fellows enjoys reading, traveling, watching cooking and home decor shows, especially the “Iron Chef, Yard Crashers and Color Splash.”