May 12, 2022–Joe Womack / Executive Director of & Co-Founder of “Africatown – 1810 thru 2022”

Major Joe Womack USMCR(ret)

Executive Director of

Co-Founder of


Leader, Doer, Storyteller


Major Joe Womack, born in historic Africatown, Alabama in 1950 & graduated from historic Mobile County Training School in 1968 (the first training  school for blacks in the state of Alabama & a Rosenwald School). After earning a degree in Business Administration from Saint Paul’s College, Major Womack served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, leading operations in Japan, Korea, Pensacola, FL and New Orleans, LA.  In addition to working 16 years at Shell/Dupont and being the first black professional to be promoted at that chemical facility. Major Womack has initiated many locally led community efforts, some include:  Mobile County Training School Alumni Association, Africatown Community Development Corporation, Mobile County African American Summit, Black Military Workers of America, Inc. & The Mobile County Environmental Justice Action Coalition.  Major Womack is an inspiring leader in promoting positive and sustainable change and currently leads a non-profit organization called C.H.E.S.S. or Clean, Healthy, Educated, Safe & Sustainable Community, Inc.