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Tafeni English

Civil Rights Memorial Center Director

Tafeni L. English is the director of the SPLC’s Civil Rights Memorial Center (CRMC) in Montgomery, Alabama. The CRMC is an interpretive center that provides visitors with a deeper understanding of the civil rights movement. It is committed to honoring and advancing the contributions and cultural heritage of people who have been historically disenfranchised and oppressed. The CRMC includes the Civil Rights Memorial, designed by Maya Lin, which honors 40 men, women and children killed during the movement.

In addition to overseeing the CRMC, English regularly travels across the country to speak to community and youth groups about ways to fight systemic racism and usher in social change for justice, equity, accessibility and inclusion for all.

English first joined the SPLC in 1997 as a research analyst for its Intelligence Project, which monitors hate groups and other far-right extremists. She later served as the first director of the Mix It Up at Lunch Day program. Developed by the SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance program, now Learning for Justice, Mix It Up encourages schoolchildren to identify, question and cross social boundaries by sitting with someone new in the school cafeteria.

English later worked for another Montgomery-based civil rights organization before returning to the SPLC in 2019. She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Troy University, where she also earned a master’s degree in counseling and psychology.