“After 11 months of a life-altering injustice, all federal charges have been dismissed against me by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Tallahassee Division. This moment has caused me to reflect on how precious FREEDOM is in this country. Martin Luther King, Jr., reminded us that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” These words have a more potent meaning to me after enduring an unjust investigation that has been emotionally challenging for myself and my loved ones.
I thank my legal team, Attorneys R. Alex Morris and Mutaqee Akbar, for the advocacy, friendship, and guidance this past year. It was a tough road, but we conquered it together.”
Sharon Lettman-Hicks speaks after the Not Guilty verdict and 18 deadlocked counts in her federal trial.
Throughout her career, Sharon has brought vision, innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, political savvy, and strategic thinking to every endeavor she has attempted. She has the ability to bring talented people together to form cohesive leadership teams within organizations and build collaborative advocacy coalitions among very diverse stakeholders. A nationally-recognized leader, Sharon thrives on challenges and seeks to develop and promote leadership in others. In January 2014, then President Barack Obama named her to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. In February 2022, she was appointed to the LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee for Leon County Schools in Tallahassee, FL.
Over the years, Sharon has led a number of campaigns to advocate for voter empowerment. Arrive With Five was a signature initiative from Sharon's time with People For the American Way Foundation. The effort focused on increasing the participation of people of color in the electoral process.
Sharon's consulting firm, P&P, has been involved in many memorable efforts. Her clients have included the NAACP, the National Bar Association, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the National Education Association, as well as her beloved alma mater, Florida A&M University. A particular honor was her selection to design the funeral programs for civil rights icon, Rosa Parks. Sharon was also responsible for securing Attorney General Janet Reno to cut the ribbon at the opening of the FAMU Federal Credit Union.
After Obama's term ended, she returned to Tallahassee to resume her work and advocacy for the Floridians she cherishes.
Sharon has appeared on broadcast and in print media nationally, including Comcast Newsmakers, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, Black Enterprise magazine, and Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine. She served on the board of directors for the Schott Foundation for Public Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Sharon believes activism includes the need to financially support your interests—she is a fully-paid life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Florida A&M University (FAMU) National Alumni Association, and the NAACP. She is also an active member of the Tallahassee Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Her personal motto is “Own Your Power,” which has been adopted as an empowerment slogan for NBJC. Sharon is the proud wife of a retired Iraqi War veteran who served in the United States Air Force for more than 25 years, has two children, and resides in Tallahassee, Florida.