Curtistene McCowan speaks at Methodist Charlton MLK Celebration

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Curtistene McCowan

Methodist Charlton Medical Center held a remembrance service on Jan. 16 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the hospital Auditorium. Speaker for the event was Curtistene McCowan, who spoke on Dr. King’s legacy of service.

“God did not place us here to be served, but rather to be a servant,” McCowan says.

A longtime community servant and resident of DeSoto, Curtistene is a member of the Methodist Charlton Advisory Board. She currently serves as president of DeSoto Economic Development Corp. and serves on several boards and in positions of leadership in numerous organizations. McCowan has also made significant contributions to the advancement of education at the local, state, and national levels.

She was the first African-American elected to public office in DeSoto, when she won a seat on the DeSoto ISD Board of Trustees in 1990. In honor of her contributions, in 2007, DeSoto ISD named and dedicated the Curtistene S. McCowan Middle School.