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Archousa Jacqulyn Shropshire
Archousa Jacqulyn Shropshire

The Boulé Foundation Board of Trustees, at its annual meeting in Chicago on June 1, elected to the board of trustees Archousa Jacqulyn C. Shropshire, Archon Kelvin Buncum of Kappa Boulé, Atlanta, and Immediate Past Grand Sire Archon Charles C. Teamer of Alpha Alpha Boulé, New Orleans.

Archousa Jacqulyn Calloway Shropshire has many firsts to her credit in her life as a career woman, philanthropic board member, fund-raiser, community-service volunteer and entrepreneur. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, she attended public schools. After earning her baccalaureate degree in business education and economics from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, she became the first African American employee in an administrative position with Trans World Airlines. She later taught in the Kansas City school system.

In 1961 she married Thomas Shropshire and moved to New York City, where she earned a master’s in education from Hunter College and taught in the New York public schools. In 1968 she accompanied her husband to Lagos, Nigeria, during his tenure as corporate vice president of Philip Morris. There she helped organize the first American Women’s Club to aid and assist in all areas of community service, especially in teaching parenting skills to unwed mothers and placing abandoned children in safe and secure homes. She also founded and served as editor-in-chief of Fancy That, a newsletter for women.

The family moved from Nigeria to Milwaukee in 1972, where Archousa Shropshire began thirty years of service with the Milwaukee Urban League, initially as a volunteer, later accepting an appointment as executive director, and ultimately being elected to the board of directors. During that time she also gave support and guidance to other organizations serving youths and women and aiding community development. She organized the first African American debutante cotillion with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., which presented more than $300,000 in scholarships to deserving young African American women in the Milwaukee community; she was the first African American female corporate Wisconsin chairman for the United Negro College Fund, raising more than $500,000. Archousa Shropshire is the owner of Momentum Unlimited, a firm specializing in management development, public relations, and special event planning.

Her past and present board memberships include the Milwaukee Urban League; University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee); Women’s Business Initiative Corp. (YWCA); The Next Door Foundation; American Red Cross; National Endowment for the Arts Advisory Committee; Milwaukee Historical Society; Greater Milwaukee Convention and Visitors Bureau; African World Festival; Inner City Arts Council; The Curative Workshop of Milwaukee; and the Joint Center of Political Studies in Washington, D.C., among others. She was a founding board member of the Smith Performing Arts Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, and the organizer and board chairman of the Las Vegas–Clark County Urban League.

Archousa Shropshire is also an active life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (Golden Girl), The Links, Inc., and the NAACP; president of the Quarter Century Club, National Urban League; The Girl Friends, Inc.; and life member, National Council of Negro Women.

She has received numerous awards and citations for her untiring and expert leadership and service. In 200l the General Assembly of the state of Tennessee passed a resolution naming the Jacqulyn C. Shropshire Family Literacy Center in Memphis at the Goodwill International School for Boys and Girls.

Her most recent awards and recognitions include Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation “A Woman of Excellence” (2005); Caucus of African Americans Trailblazer Award in recognition of leadership and dedication to the Las Vegas Community (2005); Alpha Kappa Alpha Outstanding Contributions to the Black Family Award (2006); Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (The Boulé) Judge William “Turk” Thompson Legacy Award (2006); Las Vegas–Clark County Black History Visionary Award (2007); E-Vibe Phenomenal Woman Award (2007); Television Station KLAS (Channel 8) Portraits of Pride Recognition for Volunteer Service to the Las Vegas Community (2007)

Archousa Shropshire has a son, attorney Thomas B. Shropshire, Jr.; a daughter-in-law, Christina Shropshire; a daughter, Terilyn A. Shropshire, A.C.E; and two granddaughters, Bailey Elizabeth and Emily Kate.

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