Rhonda Grayson-Board Chair and Band Leader
Rhonda received her education in the Oklahoma City public school system, a graduate of Douglass High school. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1991.
In her professional career, Rhonda manages a large department for a Fortune 100 corporation where she has been employed for the past twenty three years in the Oklahoma City market.
She enjoys family research and is passionate about the history and plight of the African Indian people. Because of the influence of her grandfather, Mitchell Grayson, Rhonda has always been keenly aware of her African Creek and Chickasaw ancestry. Her grandfather spoke often of his grandmother, Adeline Boxley-Grayson, and the fact that she only spoke the Creek language and attended the Creek Indian Church.
Creek roll number 4661,
great grandmother of
Rhonda’s great grandmother, America Cohee, was an original allottee of Creek Nation, she received 160 acres of land; her roll number was 4661. In addition, her forefather, Peter Wolf was a Loyal Creek Freedmen refugee.
Little did Rhonda know that her casual family research would lead her to embark upon a long journey of advocating for the rights of African Creek people; a journey that would open doors for her to exercise the privilege of helping to serve and assist in preserving the history of the African Indian Freedmen.
Rhonda has chaired numerous Freedmen conferences and cultural events from 2004 to the present that have attracted academics, world-renowned scholars, anthropologist, and historians from across the globe. In 2010 Rhonda spearheaded the MCIFB’s traveling exhibit which has been exhibited at the Five Civilized tribes museum in Muskogee, Oklahoma, Oklahoma Black Museum of Performing Arts Center, the Oklahoma Metro Library System, African American Genealogical Interest Group, and the Congressional Black Caucus convention.
Rhonda’s desire is that, in the very near future, the world will have access to educational programs that accurately reflect the history of the Black Creeks also known of Freedmen Descendants.
Family surnames: Grayson, Cohee, Williams, Thompson, Webster, Boxley, Simpson, Fowler, Bennett, Spencer, Wolf, Carolina, Island and Hawkins.
|Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band Board Members|
|Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band Board members : Sharon Lenzy – Scott , Rhonda Grayson , Jeffrey D. Kennedy|