Tomeka Hart Biography, Tomeka Hart Wiki
Tomeka Hart, a former Memphis City Schools Board President, came forward as the Stone jury foreperson in a Facebook post on Wednesday, voicing support for prosecutors in the case.
Hart confirmed to The Daily Memphian that she wrote the Facebook post, but she declined an interview with the newspaper.
Stone supporters were shocked when a review of Hart’s social media posts showed that she posted on Twitter mocking Stone’s dramatic arrest prior to being seated on the jury, and frequently denounced Trump, including calling the president and his supporters racists.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) February 13, 2020
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Tomeka Hart revealed on Wednesday that she was foreperson on Stone jury
- Hart unsuccessfully ran for Congress in Tennessee as a Democrat in 2012
- She is also a former Memphis City Schools Board President
- Her social media shows a long history of anti-Trump comments
- She called Trump supporters racists and tweeted about Stone case before trial
Tomeka Hart Age
Tomeka Hart’s age is unknown.
Who is Tomeka Hart?
Prior to serving on the jury in the Stone case, Hart was known in Memphis for her achievements in education advocacy in the city.
In a former Commercial Appeal interview, Hart expressed her belief that Memphis’ greatest, untapped resource resided in the city’s young people.
“We need to capitalize on the potential of our young people by nurturing, preparing and supporting them in taking on leadership roles,” Hart said. “It has long been said that Memphis is on the edge of greatness. It is time we get off the edge, and step right into the thick of the greatness that awaits us. Our young people play a big role in helping us get there.”
Hart was raised in the Frayser community, and from 2005 to 2013, she served on the Memphis City Schools board, including a term as board president, according to archives.
She also served as the vice president of African-American Community Partnerships with Teach for America three years from 2012 until 2015, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Hart also sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 9th Congressional District of Tennessee in 2012.
After Teach for America, Hart then served a stint as the vice president over the strategic partnerships division of Southern Education Foundation, an Atlanta-based nonprofit entity that researches and proposes policies for education equality.
She is currently a senior program officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and serves on the First 8 board in Memphis, which manages funding and vision for early childhood education in Shelby County.
Tomeka Hart Career
A look at her bio on First 8 Memphis organization’s website says reveals that “served two terms on the Memphis City/Shelby County School Board (TN), including a term as Board President.” First 8 Memphis is a group that was formed “to help achieve equity and opportunity across two generations.”
It further shows that: “She currently serves on the board of the Data Quality Campaign, where she chairs the Board/Staff Development Committee. Additionally, she serves as co-chair of the Grantmakers for Education Equity Impact Group, and as a member of the University of Tennessee College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board.”
Hart holds an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership. On LinkedIn, she explains, “I was elected to the Memphis City Schools Board of Commissioners in 2004; re-elected in 2008. I served as the 2008-2009 Board President. In 2010 I joined another colleague and led the efforts to merge the Memphis City and Shelby County Schools. I served on the Unified Shelby County Schools Board of Education (combination of Memphis/Shelby County schools) from 2011-2013, after the merger of the two systems.”
Tomeka Hart Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Now it looks like the fore person in the jury, in the Roger Stone case, had significant bias. Add that to everything else, and this is not looking good for the “Justice” Department. @foxandfriends @FoxNews
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2020
A website for the board of the First 8 Memphis organization defines her as a “Senior Program Officer. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.” It says that she is a native of Memphis and leads “education policy and advocacy grantmaking to civil rights and equity organizations and managing the social-emotional learning policy portfolio.”
She writes that she’s held that position for three years as per her Linkedln. “I manage a portfolio of grants to Civil Rights and Equity organizations, focusing on education policy and advocacy,” she explains.
She was previously vice president of strategic partnerships at the Southern Education Foundation, “VP of African American community partnerships for Teach For America, and as the president/CEO of the Memphis Urban League.”
Tomeka Hart Social Media Accounts
Hart has posted a slew of political, anti-Trump tweets. Although her Facebook posts are gone, her Twitter page is still active, and it contains multiple still-visible political tweets, including anti-Trump tweets and parts of the now-deleted Facebook posts, which she had also posted on Twitter. Some of her tweets are shares of articles that read things like, “What’s so extremely, uniquely wrong about Trump’s presidency” and “Leaked documents show Trump aide concealed ties to Putin cronies.” In 2016, she wrote, “Palin’s endorsement of Trump for president makes me nervous. I mean, she endorsed herself for VP in 2008…oh wait. Never mind. Carry on.” As far back as 2013, she wrote, “Yeah, Donald Trump, King of the Birthers, you’re looking very hypocritical…”
Tomeka Hart Twitter
On her Twitter page, Hart says that she is based in Washington D.C. She defines herself as, “I Memphis. Fighting for equity & excellence in ed for low-income & children of color is my life. Tweets are my own; retweets don’t equal agreement.”
Tomeka Hart Facebook Post
The Commercial Appeal newspaper reprinted Hart’s post in full. It read:
I have kept my silence for months. Initially, it was for my safety. Then, I decided to remain silent out of fear of politicizing the matter.
But I can’t keep quiet any longer.
I want to stand up for Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed, Michael Marando, and Jonathan Kravis–the prosecutors on the Roger Stone trial who have all resigned from the case in response to the DOJ’s interference with their sentencing recommendation.
I’m standing up for them now because I was a juror on the case. In fact, I was the foreperson.
I am sharing the November 22, 2019 op-ed of Seth Cousins, another juror–and not just because he said this: ‘My favorite person on the jury was an African American woman from Tennessee.’
Seth perfectly articulated my sentiments. I couldn’t have written a better piece–so I share his. I admired his bravery in speaking out so soon after the trial. Read Seth’s piece please.
I wasn’t ready. There had already been attempts at finding out who I was. Threats to expose my identity. For a moment I was afraid.
But I don’t live in fear. It is not my nature to be silent.
As Seth asserts, ‘We did not convict Stone based on his political beliefs or his expression of those beliefs. We did not convict him of being intemperate or acting boorishly. We convicted him of obstructing a congressional investigation, of lying in five specific ways during his sworn congressional testimony and of tampering with a witness in that investigation.’
The prosecutors who have now resigned did a masterful job of laying out every element of every charge, backed with ample evidence. As foreperson, I made sure we went through every element, of every charge, matching the evidence presented in the case that led us to return a conviction of guilty on all 7 counts.
It pains me to see the DOJ now interfere with the hard work of the prosecutors. They acted with the utmost intelligence, integrity, and respect for our system of justice.
For that, I wanted to speak up for them and ask you to join me in thanking them for their service.
According to CNN, the team of prosecutors originally recommended that Stone receive seven to nine years in prison after convictions that included lying to Congress and witness tampering, but the Barr-led DOJ then overruled that, asking for less.