Rhonnie Brewer, known as the “socialite”, is originally from South Central Los Angeles. Rhonnie had a dream of being “Miss Corporate America” and she truly believed the saying of “once you go to college, you’ll be able to get out and you can get any job you want”, so she applied herself and received a full ride scholarship to a HBCU school of her choice.
Once graduated, her first real job in the corporate arena was at Bank of America. She continued to work her way up from the branch all the way to the corporate offices. She ended up in a position where she was responsible for hiring in the region, everything from the basic interview, the prescreening, to FBI background checks. She was then offered to work in a manufacturing environment where she began as human resources, but eventually left to be running the western divisions of a fortune 500 company. She oversaw 15 different locations and over 500 employees.
Rhonnie thoroughly enjoyed the excitement of the company and learning incredible things while there. However, two weeks after her second daughter was born she suffered a major stroke.
An Intimate Conversation with Rhonnie Brewer
After mistakenly stumbling upon a house they loved in Mississippi, it made Rhonnie realize that Memphis is simply a better place for them to be. “Memphis was a better fit for me and for my family, I love being here in Memphis! I see it as just an oasis of opportunity.”
Now Rhonnie is the volunteer executive director for an organization called COPPER and the guild president for an organization called the Memphis Urban League, which focuses on a lot of issues that impact the African American community. These organizations are what really drove Rhonnie towards Shelby County School Board and to the grocery stores in the community.
The impact of kroger
When these basic resources move out, the people who are not mobile have to move toward the resources, which can kill an entire community. She also mentions that there was a Tri-State Bank inside the store in Orange Mound, which was the second location for the only African American owned bank in Memphis. This bank being moved down to one location without notice tremendously impacts their business and creates a massive loss of clients. In addition to this, the closing even impacts the obesity in the city.
“Having this on an everyday basis can lead to obesity, obesity leads to high blood pressure, and high blood pressure leads to things like strokes and heart attacks. So when I looked at what was happening, I didn’t just look at the grocery store closing, I looked at what the impact was around that.”
shelby county school board
“As we move more Memphians to middle income, we all move to a space where we are no longer trying to survive, but we’re thriving. And that’s what I want for Memphis, I want Memphis to not just be a surviving city, but I want to see it on the map as a thriving city. I want to see people moving here in droves because they see the opportunity here, they feel safe here, and they know that their child will get a top notch quality education.”
“As you can see, I am always really excited about anything having to do with children, It’s the area that I really love to work in. Even more so, I understand how building the foundation for our children means a more prosperous and productive Memphis later on.”