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Black History Month: Taking a look at Catholics serving the community

When something is done for someone else without the intention of getting a reward, it is considered community service. This service is done with a willing heart and is not viewed as a requirement. For the month of February, the diocesan Office of Black Catholic Ministry would like to recognize local black Catholics who have served their community, selflessly and humbly.

Casi Ferguson

Ferguson is a proud native of Birmingham. She has enjoyed a fulfilling career in the private sector spanning more than 30 years.

A change-maker, Ferguson has achieved success through a plethora of professional and philanthropic efforts and organizations. As an advocate for education, community development, and entrepreneurship, Ferguson has served on countless boards and championed many community service efforts.

Recently, Ferguson retired from AT&T, a Fortune 10 company, where her strong background in community and business development project management helped enhance large-scale projects. She served the company in several roles including area manager, where she managed several successful retail, enterprise, and wholesale affiliate business units in Alabama, California and Texas. She also served the Birmingham region as a United Way of Central Alabama Loaned Executive and Leadership Speaker. In addition, Ferguson helped project manage several of AT&T’s community outreach initiatives including the AT&T Alabama African American History Calendar and festivities surrounding the Magic City Classic.

In 2010, Ferguson served as a co-chair for the UNCF Gala-Birmingham and she has served on the organization’s area leadership team for the past 20 years. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Jesse J. Lewis, Jr., Small Business Advocate Award presented by the Birmingham Business Alliance, in acknowledgement of contributions to minority business programs and services.

She presently is the area development director in Birmingham for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), which supports as many talented and deserving students as possible through scholarships, internships, and programs.

Ferguson graduated from Talladega College with a B.S. in business administration; she was also a member of the Talladega College Choir. She has earned several project management certificates and is a member of the Tri-County Alabama Chapter of The Links, Inc. She has been an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fairfield, and she is a gifted singer who was a member of the Voices of the New Testament, the previous diocesan gospel choir.