McLemore had been serving as Communication and Development manager of Alabama Possible, a statewide organization working to remove barriers to prosperity in Alabama through education, collaboration and advocacy.
McLemore is a sixth-generation Alabamian, originally from Fort Payne. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UAB and was the university’s first recipient of honors in Global and Community Leadership.
He graduated from UAB in 2013 with a master’s degree in history and was awarded the David Hart White Prize for outstanding graduate work. His scholarly focus has been on race relations, civil rights and food in Alabama.
As program director, McLemore will be responsible for overseeing AHF’s programming, including Prime Time Family Reading Time, Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, SUPER Teacher Program, Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship and will serve as staff liaison to the AHF Young Professionals Board. In addition, he will be involved in administrative management and public relations/promotion related to programs and projects.
“I believe in the power of the humanities to enrich and transform lives and communities,” McLemore said in accepting the position. “The Alabama Humanities Foundation does just that – brings communities together and fosters life-long conversations and curiosities of Alabama’s people, communities and cultures. I am excited to join a team engaging our fellow citizens in the pursuit of the question, ‘What histories, experiences, and expressions unify us as Alabamians?’”