Jeffrey D. Kennedy
Vice President of the
Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band
Jeffrey D. Kennedy was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Jack E. Kennedy of Rosedale, Ok and Nettie J. Carter-Kennedy of Elmore City, Ok. Jeffrey attended the Oklahoma City, public school system, a graduate of John Marshall high. Jeffrey accepted a scholarship to attend The University of Oklahoma to study Architecture. Jeffrey competed for the University in the swimming and diving program to later embark upon a Professional High diving Career with the Great American High diving Team. He toured with the Labatt’s Blue High diving team in Canada and competed on the USA Master’s National Diving Circuit as a Master’s Champion and Grandmaster’s Springboard and Platform Diver.
He later earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma where he received the School of Architecture’s “5th year Award of Distinction” and recognition for the Dean’s honor roll.
Jeffrey currently practices as a Project Architect/Manager/Designer in the State of Oklahoma for 25 years. He is a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects.
Chickasaw roll number 1469,
Creek Freedmen Ben Grayson,
and grandmother of Jeffrey Kennedy.
Jeffrey became a novice Genealogist in 1999 after being questioned about his heritage. Perplexed, his Sankofa began. He traced his Native Indian and African family origins back to Old Creek and Chickasaw Nation in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. Later he traced his roots to Texas, Tennessee, Kentucky, and to the Chesapeake area in Maryland of the Thirteen Colonies in the mid 1700’s.
Jeffrey’s tribal affiliation is Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole. His great grandfather Ben Grayson was an original allottee of Creek Nation, Dawes roll number 5329, North Fork district 1890. He is also a direct descendant of the Carolina, Hawkins, and McIntosh families who were citizens of Creek Nation. Additionally, he is a descendant of Crawford, Gaines, Newberry, Shannon, Taylor and Williams’ family of the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nation. The Oklahoma Historical Society recognized all of the aforementioned Families as one of the First Families of the Twin Territories.
Jeffrey’s recent Sankofa experienced the African Diaspora across the Atlantic to the west coast of Africa. The Senegambia area where the Mandinka’s from Mali occupied the Gambian River. The place where Alex Haley’s ancestor Kunta Kinte spoke of the “Kamby Bolongo”
|Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band Board Members|
|Muscogee Creek Freedmen Band Board (from Left to Right) – Sharon Lenzy – Scott (Sec)- Rhonda K. Grayson (Tres), Jeffrey D. Kennedy (VP).|