Press Release: NAACP
“It is with profound sadness that the Tallahassee Branch NAACP shares the news of the passing of Dr. Charles L. Evans, President Emeritus of the Tallahassee Branch NAACP. Dr. Evans was not only a visionary of the association but also a keeper of the flame, tirelessly leading the Tallahassee Branch NAACP as its president for many years. During his tenure as president, Dr. Evans accomplished many of the association’s goals, most significantly moving the Tallahassee Branch NAACP into its new home on West Brevard Street, along with the help of the City of Tallahassee.
Dr. Evans, a firm supporter of youth, constantly devoted countless hours to the Tallahassee NAACP Youth Council and ACT-SO programs. As an educator he also strived to leave lasting impressions upon the collegiate NAACP chapters at FAMU, TCC and FSU.
Even though Dr. Evans was fighting a valiant fight with cancer, like all great champions he learned to function with the pain to continue serving. For those that knew him, he was a people person and he wouldn’t have had it any other way.
It is with great sadness and respect that we extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Connie Evans, his children Charles Jr., Carita, Connie and Cara,grandchildren and greats, family and to the multitudes of friends and supporters from around the Nation. In this most difficult time, we hope it is a comfort to his family, that the entire community mourns their loss and are praying for them at this sad time.”
For any questions or concern, please call the NAACP at (850) 514-4393.
Excerpt from the TCC 2011 Cherry Hall Alexander African-American History Calendar
Charles Evans is a native of Durham, North Carolina, where he was raised with six siblings. He attended North Carolina A&T State University, where he earned a degree in engineering mathematics. After college, he became a Navy pilot and later worked for General Electric. He eventually obtained master’s and doctoral degrees in marketing from Syracuse University and returned to North Carolina A&T State University to teach. He is presently a professor of marketing at Florida A&M University (FAMU), where he has taught for 28 years.
Evans is a sought-after consultant with major Fortune 500 companies such as Colgate, Pepsi Cola, American Express, Anheuser Busch, General Motors, Corning, Seagrams, Tropicana, Champion and US West. He also helps Tallahassee’s small businesses meet their marketing and strategic planning needs. Evans has published numerous articles and given many presentations throughout the United States, helping others make important business and marketing decisions.
Evans is chair of the Bethel Community Development Corporation, former board member and chair of the FAMU Federal Credit Union, board member and founding president of Kappa Alpha Psi Guideright Foundation of Tallahassee, former president of Tallahassee NAACP and chair of the Education Committee of the Florida State Conference of the NAACP. He is also a strong advocate for civil rights.
He is also a member of Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science, Southern Scholarship Fund, Harry T. Moore Fund, Tallahassee Community Relations Council, Education Accountability and Reform for the State of Florida, Judicial Council for the State of Florida, Physical Therapy Board for the State of Florida and Leon County Superintendent’s Evaluation Committee.
He is married to Dr. Connie Hicks-Evans. They have four children, Charles Jr., Carita, Connie and Cara, and eight grandchildren.