Seek to Serve

“Not everybody can be famous. But everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

Seek to Serve

SEEK TO SERVE began in 2004 as a partnership between BCCC and Memphis Housing Authority. Initially developed to empower public housing residents, it evolved into a servant leadership program for grassroots leaders throughout the Memphis area. During a six-month period, servant-leaders receive practical skill-based training and mentoring that can lead to improvements within their lives. Topics range from healthcare to leadership skills to entrepreneurship. To become more civically engaged, they explore and address issues confronting their neighborhoods and the entire City of Memphis. More than 200 persons have graduated from SEEK TO SERVE. Some become NSPIRERS, a well-deserved designation for servant-leaders who continue to support SEEK TO SERVE while inspiring others to lead through service. For NSPIRERS, service is a philosophy and a way of life.


Our Partners/Supporters: Memphis Housing Authority, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Memphis Hope

Laura Booker
Mae Catherine Coins
Willie Jean Evans
Zanie Evans
Jernice Shaw
Pearleen Smith
Robert Washington
Darnell Yancey


“The only way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
― Mahatma Gandhi