The foundation supports human rights, self worth, democracy, and freedom. The primary mission is founded on the belief in the dignity of all people.The story of the Wilmington Ten has been a tragedy for many of those convicted that October day in 1971. It forever changed the lives of many of us and totally destroyed the lives of some.It is for this reason, that we have brought together an academic and community group to serve as a vehicle for providing educational, rehabilitative and training supportive services to assist with matters of injustice. We trust that the entire Wilmington community, and world at large, will understand the compelling need for this foundation, and will contribute to our mission.Sincerely,Wayne MooreChairman
DR. LORI MESSINGERLori Messinger was raised in Willingboro, New Jersey. Lori received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Douglass College, a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Rutgers University, and a Master of Social Work degree and a PhD in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently serves as the Director of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Prior to joining UNCW, Lori was on faculty at the University of Kansas, the University of Alabama, and North Carolina State University. Her scholarship focuses oncompetentsocial work practice with comprehensive community planning processes; cultural competence in social work education and practice, especially with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations; and organizational change processes, especially in higher education institutions.Lori is committed to service in organizations that further social and economic justice in our communities. Within her academic role at KU, she developed a program to support and encourage first generation students, students with high financial need, and students of color to succeed. She has served on national and state boards for the American Social Health Association, the American Association of University Women, the North Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, the North Carolina Commission on Domestic Violence, and the Council on Social Work Education. Her prior service on state boards includes Equality organizations in Alabama and Kansas. Lori is currently a member of the Executive Board of the 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness in the Cape Fear Region.
STEPHANIE MOOREStephanie is a native of Wilmington, NC and attended public schools of New Hanover County, Wilmington, NC. She is a graduate of Williston Senior High School. Stephanie attended Shaw University, Raleigh,NC and has NC State University Water Pollution Operational Systems continuing education credits. She is a certified Water Pollution Control Systems Grade IV Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, Spray Irrigation Operator, Collection II Systems Operator, Land Applications/Residuals Operator and a certified Laboratory Analyst.Stephanie is currently chief WWTP Operator for SE Brunswick Sanitary District, Southport, NC, Back-up WWTP Operator for Town of Tabor City, and Laboratory Supervisor for commercial Laboratory, Meritech, Inc II, Southport, NC. All of these duties involve submitting operations and analytical reports to State and Federal Regulatory Agencies.Stephanie is an officer of several High School Alumni organizations and Treasurer of the Wilmington Ten Foundation for Social Justice.
Alfonza JenkinsAlfonza L. Jenkins is a native of Wilmington, N.C. He is a graduate of New Hanover High School in Wilmington, N.C.Alfonza attended Shaw University in Raleigh,N.C. He received a Bachelor of Art degree in Public Administration. He is currently employed as General Manager of K&W Cafeterias in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Alfonza is a member and former Chapter President of Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship Inc. He resides in Castle Hayne N.C. with his wife, Sharon of 28 years.
Mary Gibbs-Mitchell Mary is a retired Marine Officer with over 30 years of active serviceShe also holds a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. She was the University’s first recipient of the Dr. John P. Nasuti Academic Achievement and Military Service Award. She also received the Chancellor’s Achievement Award for the Fall 2008 semester.She served as a personnel clerk, personnel chief, drill instructor, personnel officer, and administrative analyst. She was responsible for accurate reporting of information that affected the pay and promotion of thousands of Marines and its direct impact on family members. Her ability to instruct and manage personnel records will benefit TheWilmington Ten Foundationimmensely.
Karen Clay Beatty, MSWKaren is a native of Wilmington, N.C.. She holds a degree in Criminal Justice, with a concentration In SocialRehabilitation, and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from East Carolina University, where she specialized in School Social Work Services withFamilies and Children.Karen retired in 2012 from New Hanover County Schools where she served students, families and staff for over 30 years. She served as a lead social worker for secondary schools, as a mentor for newly hired school social workers, and served as a field supervisor for school social work interns from UNC - Wilmington, and Pembroke State University. Karen has served on various community boards in the past. Since retirement, she spends her time volunteering in the community on various boards that serves students and families. She is a mentor with Wilmington’s Housing Authority Youthbuildparticipants, by way of her involvement as an advisory board member with UNC-W’s Southeastern Dropout Prevention Coalition. She is a member of D.C. Virgo’s Blue Ribbon Commission - Education Action Team, a member of New Hanover County NAACP’s Parent Council, a member of American Association of University Women(AAUW), and is currently serving as Executive Director of The Wilmington Ten Foundation for Social Justice, Inc.
Wayne Moore – Chairman & Founder of The Wilmington Ten Foundation
Wayne, originally from Wilmington, N.C. is a member of The Wilmington Ten. He attended the public schools of New Hanover County in Wilmington. Wayne attended Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. where he studied Political Science. He later moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where he currently resides. He became a journeyman electrician and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He is currently semi-retired, and has devoted his time to establishing a foundation that can assist others from experiencing what happened to him and nine other young people during the tumultuous times of the struggles of TheWilmington Ten.Wayne is also an author. His memoir, Triumphant Warrior is near completion.
As we look forward, and commemorate the history of Wilmington Ten in various ways, we should be reminded that history has a way of repeating itself.The Wilmington Ten Foundation for Social Justice has been established in hopes of preventing what happened to the members of the Wilmington Ten from ever happening again to others, particularly youth. The members of the Wilmington Ten possessed a deep desire to seek justice and peace in the world around them; thus the mission of the foundation will include the development of programs and cultural experiences that empower those in need of social justice to excel in their endeavors, make positive life choices, and share their creativity and God-given talents in their own communities and the world at large.It is for this reason, that I have brought together an academic and community group to form the Wilmington Ten Foundation for Social Justice. We trust that the entire Wilmington, N.C. community, and the world at large will understand the compelling need for this foundation, and likewise contribute to our mission.The Wilmington Ten Foundation for Social Justice was incorporated in 2011.Sincerely,Wayne MooreMember of Wilmington Ten