Author Talk - Pamela Young-Jacobs (Waccamaw Siouan)
Join us as we welcome Author Talk speaker Pamela Young-Jacobs to UNCW Randall Library on November 15th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Sherman Hayes Gallery, First Floor.
Pamela is the immediate past Chairwoman and the current Vice Chief of the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe of North Carolina. She is the first elected female Vice Chief to serve her tribe. She is charged with using her voice to protect tribal sovereignty, promote economic development, health and educational initiatives. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where she is currently an MBA student. She graduated from the Institute of Political Leadership, Raleigh North Carolina, and the Native Leadership Institute at UNC Chapel Hill. She is a former Miss Waccamaw Siouan. She is the current NC Pecan Queen, the first American Indian to serve for Columbus County. She is employed by Southeastern Community College in Whiteville, North Carolina, and is the first American Indian woman to hold the title as Director of the Small Business Center. She is breaking down barriers and leading the way in American Indian activism and awareness in her county. She has changed the trajectory of the economic development climate in Columbus County by increasing the number of minority owned small businesses creating an environment of inclusion and opportunity for future generations. She is song writer and a poet with works published in Marijo Moore’s Feeding the Ancient Fire. She was born to a mother who was an activist for the community and father who was the first Vice Chief of the Waccamaw Siouan people. She accepted the mantle of service passed to her from her parents. It is the fire that burns bright within her and keeps her pressing on. She is the wife of Marine Veteran, Velton Jacobs, together they have six children and three grand-sons. She is from the St. James community and resides in Buckhead with her family.
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