Judith Black named President and CEO Blues Foundation

Judith Black named President and CEO Blues Foundation

Judith Black, a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, co-founder and former President of the Tarik Black Foundation has been appointed President and CEO of the Blues Foundation

The appointment takes effect on Jan. 1, 2022.

Black, who brings over three decades worth of experience in marketing and communications previously served as director of External Affairs at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Before that, she served as director of communications at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a post she held for 15 years, as well as served as chair of the city of Memphis’ Minority Business Development Oversight Commission.

Black also serves on numerous boards and is affiliated with various civic organizations.

“I am honored and thrilled to serve as CEO for The Blues Foundation. I grew up in a household where the blues was celebrated, and its history embraced. I look forward to drawing from my own family legacy, knowledge of this community, and depth of business experience in advancing the mission of the organization.” Black stated.

She will succeed Patty Wilson Aden.

Scott Fitzke, board chairman of The Blues Foundation, added, “We are so excited to have Judith Black take the helm as our President and CEO. Ms. Black is a life-long blues lover who understands the history of the blues and the relationship between the blues and civil rights. She is committed to working with artists and music industry professionals to make the blues more inclusive and equitable. Black’s passion for education and community service and extensive marketing, management, and communications background make her uniquely qualified to lead The Blues Foundation and the Blues Hall of Fame.”

Black, is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. She also has an M.B.A. in Marketing from Strayer University and is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Memphis and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.



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