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Alice Tisdale

Alice Thomas-Tisdale is a native of Racine, Wisconsin, the eighth of nine children born to William and Esther Thomas. Alice has utilized her education from Washington Park High School, Washington State University, and Temple University to help enrich the lives of those she serves in the Jackson community. Alice began her Mississippi trek in Mound Bayou in 1982. As president of the local NAACP, she attended state meetings in Jackson, Mississippi. It was there she met Charles Tisdale, publisher of the Jackson Advocate. His offices had just been firebombed by the Ku Klux Klan and he was asking the NAACP for help. Dr. Aaron Henry, state president, charged each branch to aid the Jackson Advocate. Not only did Alice begin selling newspapers, but initiated Mound Bayou Briefs, a column about the Delta. She eventually moved to Jackson to work with the newspaper. After four years, she married Publisher Tisdale and became Associate Publisher.

Her passions are community building, HIV/AIDS education, Jackson State University athletics/student development, and foreign travel. Alice is the founder and president of NEIGHORS (Nation’s Evacuees In Good Hands w/Benevolent Out-Reach Services), a program for displaced residents of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In a journalistic capacity, she has visited several countries and reported on the land issue in Zimbabwe, Africa; the slavery issue in Sudan, Africa; African-American business opportunities in Japan; human rights issues in Kazakhstan; The International AIDS Conferences in Barcelona, Spain, Bangkok, Thailand, and Toronto, Canada from an African-American perspective; and the achievements of African-American female pilots in France.

She is the recipient of more than 200 awards and certificates, including Woman of the Year and the Medgar Evers Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a 2014 Metlife Fellow and has written for The Black AIDS Institute and America Media. Her photography has been published by Ebony and Jet Magazines in addition to the Jackson Advocate. Her most treasured accomplishment is being the mother of daughter DeAnna. She is most appreciative to her late husband Charles Tisdale for providing the opportunities associated with working with the Black Press. She credits all of her successes as rewards for serving God.