Portrait of Carlton Turner, First Peoples Fund Board Member.


Carlton Turner, Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS, a regional non-profit arts organization based in the South. Carlton has been a member of Alternate ROOTS since 2001 and has served on the organization’s board as a Regional Representative, and as an officer. Alternate ROOTS hired Carlton in 2004 as the Regional Development Director. He held this position for 4 ½ years before transitioning into the role of Executive Director in February 2009.

Carlton is also co-founder and co-artistic director, along with his brother Maurice Turner, of the group M.U.G.A.B.E.E. (Men Under Guidance Acting Before Early Extinction). M.U.G.A.B.E.E. is a performing arts group that blends jazz, hip-hop, spoken word poetry and soul music together with non-traditional storytelling. M.U.G.A.B.E.E. has released two albums, Earth Tones (2002) and World Domination (2006); written and produced two plays Steal Away (2001) and Batteries in the Killing Machine (2005). Carlton studied English and History at the University of Mississippi from 1992-1996.

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