Meet Our Founders:

Dr. Charles and Reverend Sandra Simmons
Dr. Charles Simmons and Reverend Simmons are founders and directors of The Hush House Black Community Museum and Leadership Training Institute for Human Rights. They are educators and community builders who are committed to envisioning and creating the highest quality of life for local, national, and global humanity on the platforms of social, education, information, economic, and environmental justice.

Dr. Charles E. Simmons is Professor Emeritus of Journalism and Law at Eastern Michigan University. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Masters Program in Social Justice at Marygrove College in Detroit. He has served on the faculty of Howard University in Washington, D.C., California State University, Los Angeles; and was a Visiting Professor at Wayne State University in Detroit.  Prof. Simmons is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he was a Fellow in the Graduate School of International Affairs. He is also a graduate of Georgetown Law School. His commitment to service as a Human Rights Change Agent spans over 50 years. His media experience ranges from assignments as Broadcast Writer for the Associated Press in New York City, to Visiting Professor at the St. Petersburg Times in Florida; to U.S.A. Today; and The Detroit News. His journalism spans the field of U.S. foreign policy from the Cuban Revolution and Paris Peace Talks on Vietnam to covering stories on the Anti-Apartheid/Liberation Movements in Africa;  and the long struggle for peace in the Middle East.  As a journalist based at the United Nations, in New York City, Prof. Simmons was appointed by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad as the United Nations/International Correspondent for “Muhammad Speaks” Newspaper, organized by Minister Malcolm X. His education and media focus has been the Environment; Building a People’s Detroit; Urban and National Affairs; Intellectual Property, and the Globalization of Justice.

Reverend Sandra Simmons is an ordained Christian minister, a local and international educator of communities of faith, of grass roots community, Community College and nearly 20 years in as an adjunct in Higher Education. She identifies as a “community pastor.” She has labored as a faith advocate and Community Life Activist since she was a teenager. For nearly 25 years, she has lectured and taught workshops extensively on learning to “read” racialized practices of faith, social and cultural identity. Her work in Leadership Development guides her secular and students of faith on how to critically evaluate supremacist affects of inequality on Community and Relationship building to promote Solutions of Social Justice, Education and Environmental equality through Practices of  radical love.  Rev. Simmons is an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow whose scholarship is rooted in American Literature; Literary Theory/Criticism; Middle Eastern and German Studies; and Middle Eastern Social Linguistics. She has also studied German and Arabic languages. Locally, Reverend Simmons has taught at Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University and Henry Ford Community College. Internationally, she has lectured, taught, and mentored students at Cheik Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in Kumasi, Ghana; and Light of the Valley Schools systems in Dangriga, Belize.
Meet Our Board
  1. Executive Director
    Dr. Gloria Aneb House
    Board Member
  2. Executive Director
    Judge Adam Shakoor
    Board Member
  3. Executive Director
    Dr. Santiago Valles
    Board Member
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    Dr. Maxwell Stafford
    Board Member
  5. Executive Director
    Philip "Kojo" Vaden
    Board Member
  6. Executive Director
    Dr. John Bracey, Jr.
    Board Member
  7. Executive Director
    Akinyele Umoja
    Board Member
  8. Executive Director
    Dr. Luke Tripp
    Board Member
  9. Executive Director
    Dr. Aisosioya Williams
    Board Member
  10. Executive Director
    Dr. Samuel Williams
    Board Member
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    Lisa Williams
    Board Member
  12. Executive Director
    Lea Addington
    Youth Board President