Biographical Sketches

  • Our Student Director Sydney Stewart

    “Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”  -Dr. Mae Jemison

    This is Sidney Stewart’s affirmation, motivation, and inspiration.  Since his birth on May 4, 2003, in Newark, Delaware, to currently living in Lexington, Kentucky, he has made it a point to strive for his goals.  One of Sidney’s dreams is to become a United States Supreme Court Justice and another is to be one of our nation’s finest litigating attorneys. 

    Currently, he is taking strides in making his goals a reality.  Sidney is a 10th grade scholar at the prestigious Carter G. Woodson Academy in Lexington, Kentucky.  For the past two years, Sidney was a participant in the Forum to Advance Minorities in Engineering Program (FAME), where he received the Outstanding Scholar and Mathematics Award for his academic achievements.  He is a member of First Baptist Church Bracktown by way of the New Elizabeth AME Church in Bear, Delaware.  As a church member, he has served as Vice-President of the Youth Department at the New Elizabeth AME Church and is currently serving on the Youth Male Mime Ministry at First Baptist Church Bracktown in Lexington. 

    Sidney has established himself as being a well-rounded leader through his volunteering experiences.  As Vice-President of the Youth Department, he facilitated the youth in feeding the homeless in the community and assisted in the implementation of the youth’s Adopt a Highway initiative.  Also in the summer of 2018, Sidney was an intern at the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington, Delaware where he had the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and broaden his knowledge about our nation’s judicial system.

    In his spare time, Sidney enjoys playing golf and basketball.  He also loves spending time with family, friends and vacationing to new destinations.

  • Our Director DeMarcus Hopson

    DeMarcus Hopson is a native of Madisonville, KY and is the oldest son of six children.

    As a favored public speaker and gifted orator, Mr. Hopson offers a wide-range of expertise on multiple topics including military history, Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the black experience, cultural competency, educating males of color, historically black greek lettered fraternity and sorority life, the modern Christian experience and U.S. history. In addition to regularly contributing to the Kentucky Bluegrass Guard Magazine, Mr. Hopson’s work

    mational leadership, Mr. Hopson serves as the founder/inaugural director of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Institute for Leadership, Education Equity, and Race Relations in America WI at the Carter G. Woodson Academy in Lexington, KY.  As convener of several programs through the WI, he organizes and introduces scholarly research and case studies outlining the true value collaborative focus in the areas of leadership, education equity and race relations can have on a local and natiohas appeared in the Madisonville Messenger, The State Journal, American Baptist News Paper and the United States DOD Press to name a few.

    Known for his collaborative and transfornal scale concerning public education.  The WI has featured more than fifty-five presenters to date.

    In his educational pursuit, Mr. Hopson graduated from the following certification programs and institutions: Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KY, Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral and Social Sciences with a specialization in History, double minor in African American Studies and Speech Communication; Indianapolis Public Schools System (IPS), Arlington High School, Indianapolis, IN, in 2007;  Quartermaster Institute, FT Lee, VA, in 2009; Warrior Leader Certification Course (WLC), Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa, in 2012; Military History Detachment Certification Course, Ft. Knox, KY, in 2010; Military History Instructors Certification Course, Combat Studies Institute, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, FT Leavenworth, KS in 2010 + 2016; and Basic Field Historians Certification Course, FT Beveloe, VA in 2016.  Mr. Hopson is currently enrolled at the University of the Cumberlands, seeking a Master of Arts in Education and will seek a Doctor of Education upon completion. 

    Mr. Hopson has served over ten years in the United States Army (Kentucky Army National Guard) and honorably served on deployment with the 2/138th Field Artillery Battalion of the 138th Fires Brigade, (2012-2013). During his deployment, Mr. Hopson served as team leader and mentor to men and women in his Battalion. 

    With his proven leadership ability and as an avid leader in the community, Mr. Hopson is an active member in professional, civic and community organizations serving in various leadership and support roles to include:  National Association For Black Veterans, American Legion, Keep Vets First Coalition (Charter Member, Board Member), National Urban League, The National Society of Leadership and Success, Church Under the Bridge, LLC. (Past Board Member), Future Black Males Working Academy (BMW), and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., to name a few. 

    Mr. Hopson serves as the High School Social Sciences Instructor for the Carter G. Woodson Academy (Lexington, KY) and serves the Kentucky Army National Guard as the Command State Historian (Frankfort, KY).  He believes our availability is our greatest asset and wishes to avail his gifts and talents for complete service in an effort to move the community Onward, Upward and Forward.

    Mr. Hopson is joyfully married to the love of his life Mrs. Ashley Hopson. They are the proud parents of their first born (baby girl) Noah Lynn Hopson.