Airickca Gordon-Taylor, Executive Director
Airickca Gordon-Taylor is a cousin to Emmett Louis Till and his mother, Mamie Till Mobley. Airickca spent much of her childhood in the home with Mamie that she was often referred to as the grandchild Mamie never hEad and was embraced by her resilient legacy in subsequent years.
Mamie Till Mobley's storied career as a Chicagoland public educator coupled with her son Emmett’s speech impediment, sparked a desire in Airickca to pursue her education in Speech Pathology, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from Elmhurst College to become a Speech Therapist; providing therapy for children with similar speech deficits to help augment their lives.
Shortly after the passing of Mamie Till Mobley in 2003, Airickca, a proud member of the touring troupe of young orators, revived the Emmett Till Players. By 2009 to maintain an unyielding commitment to honor Mamie Till Mobley’s legacy and preserve her son’s memory, Airickca and her mother Ollie co-founded the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation.
The Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation is committed to Mamie’s vision of enriching the lives of others...regardless of race, creed, or color by: Providing Outreach Programs; Enrichment & Educational Programming; Peer Mentoring through Creative Arts; Fighting for Justice and Providing Support to Chicago Youth and Families Victimized by Racial Violence .
Albeit defending the legacy of civil rights icon Emmett Till when rapper Lil Wayne used his name as a derogatory sexual reference, prompting termination of an endorsement deal with PepsiCo; or uniting with the families of Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and numerous others around the globe to combat police violence, Airickca travels the country as a human rights activist and motivational speaker making appearances at schools, universities, churches, conferences and community rallies.
Airickca was a featured guest on the BBC Radio, WVON Radio, Tom Joyner Morning Show, Roland Martin, CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX Chicago, CNN, Chicago Sun-Times, VIBE, Huffington Post, Defender, Jet Magazine, MSNBC and Korean News; a featured speaker for Socialism Conferences, Rainbow PUSH Hip-Hop Summits; received numerous awards and recognitions. Airickca honors the inheritance of her legacy and continues the foundation’s mantra of Remembering the Past and Educating the Future.