Shirlene Mercer is a native of Jackson, Tennessee. She is married to Luther Mercer and is the mother of LaTina and Luther II, who are both graduates of Tennessee Tech University.

Mrs. Mercer received her education in Jackson at Merry High School and Lane College. Her graduate work was done at the university of Memphis and Austin Peay University.

After graduating from Lane College, she became a teacher in Missouri Later after moving back to Jackson, she taught in the Hardeman County for 24 years and S months.

As a teacher, Shirlene Mercer served in many capacities of the teaching profession. She was the President of the Hardeman County Teachers Association. She also served as a member of the Minority Affair Council and as the 7th District Representative of the Tennessee T-Pace Council representing 17 West Tennessee Counties for the Tennessee Education Association.

In 1989, Mrs. Mercer became the Director of District Services for Congressman John Tanner.

Shirlene Mercer is quite active in her community. She is the Past Chairperson of the Board of West Tennessee Health care. Past Board member of the Jackson YMCA. Past Chairperson of the Board of the Jackson Area Council on Drugs and AlcohoL Past Vice Chair of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce. A member of the Tennessee Hospital Association, the Tennessee Governance Board and the American HospitalAssociation 's Metropolitan Board. A member of the West Star, Leadership Program at the University of Tennessee at Martin, and the Citizens Police Academy.

Shirlene Mercer is Co-chairperson of the Jackson Leadership Council which she organizes and participates in the weekly anti-crime marches. Since becoming apart of the Jackson Leadership-Council, she has dedicated her time and energy to the work of crime reduction.

Mercer has been featured in the USA Today, and "Highway 5" television special, by WMC-TVMemphis. She and Police Chief Richard Staples were guest on the national syndicated," Rolanda Show" in New York.

Mercer has also served as a consultant to the City of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 's Police Department The National Association of African American Hospital Executives in Philadelphia. Mercer the guest of the Attorney General's conference on CommunityOrientated Policing in Little Rock Arkansas.

Mercer and the anti-crime marches are featured in a text book ~ entitled, "Criminology Today" by Frank Schmalleger Ph.D. The book -profiles how communities, like Jackson, Tennessee are taking a stand against those who are committing crimes and selling drugs. One of the greatest events of the weekly and-crime marches was to have Vice President Al Gore come to Jackson and participate in the weekly March. Thousands pardc4iate.rL

Mercer, has been the recipient of numerogss awards including, Special recogn ition from two Governors for services rendered to the State of Tennessee. Appointed by Governor Lamar Alexander to be a representative to the Kettering Research Foundation 's study on Education and the community. Governor Ned Mc Wherter Task Force on Housing.


Lane College. "Outstanding Alumni ".
Rural West Tennessee African American "Empowerment A ward'~
The Links, "Woman ofAchievement"
Business and Profession Women, "Woman of A chievement'~
Chamber of Commerce, "Outstanding Service"
City of Jackson, "Outstanding Community Service" 1993.
Delta Sigma Theta "Woman of the Year" 1994"

Inducted into "Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's "Community Hall of Fame ".1995

Tennessee Education Associations "Humanitarian A ward"L 1997

West Tennessee Bar Association, "Liberty Bell A ward'% 1996

Jackson Tennessee Branch. NAA CP, "Community Service A ward

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, "Citizen of the Year'%1997

Federal Bureau of Investigation, "Directors Community Leadership A ward" 1996.

Mason, Patterson and Fords Leadersh4i Award COJIC.


Presiding Elders Award, Appreciation Award, CME District

Honored for 25years of service to Central High School, 1998.

Served as Grand Marshall of the Jackson Christmas Parade, 1997.

NAACP Award, Dyer County Tennessee 1999.

Henry County Civic League, Speaker Award, 1998


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