The Carrie Meek Foundation is both guided and inspired by the goals and accomplishments of its namesake. Carrie P. Meek has had successful careers and a huge impact as both an educator and an elected public official.
Born in Tallahassee, FL, Congresswoman Meek grew up in the Jim Crow South. She earned a B.A. in biology and physical education from Florida A&M University, where she was both an exceptional student and a star athlete. She earned her master’s degree in public health and physical education from the University of Michigan, and completed all of the course work for her doctorate. She coached women’s basketball at Bethune-Cookman College, taught biological sciences and physical education there and at Florida A&M University, and later served as Special Assistant to the Vice President of Miami-Dade Community College.
Rep. Meek was elected to both the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate, where she chaired the Education Appropriations Subcommittee and established herself as a skilled debater and one of the state legislature’s most effective members.
Until we all start to take responsibility, until we do all we can to improve the character of our communities, we’ll never break the cycle of violence and indifference.”