Derrick A. Reed is a true “Okie from Muskogee" was born in Muskogee, Ok on August 22, 1972. Derrick is an only child, reared in a single parent home. Derrick was educated in the Muskogee Public School system, Graduated from Muskogee High School in May 1990.
Derrick A. Reed first joined the NAACP in 1988. In that year, he was elected the Muskogee NAACP Youth Council President. He served as youth council president until he went off to college at Langston University. While at Langston University, Derrick rallied classmates together and started back up the Langston NAACP College Chapter. Derrick was also elected as the Langston University College Chapter President in 1990.
In 2008 Derrick was elected the Muskogee NAACP Adult Branch President. He served this position until January 2015.
Aside from his work as a community activist, Derrick A. Reed is also the Radio Host and Producer of a weekly gospel music radio show called the Joy in the Morning Gospel Show, heard each Sunday Morning on KTFX FM 101.7FM live from Downtown Muskogee. He has hosted this weekly radio show every Sunday Morning for the past 28 years.
Derrick A. Reed moved back to Muskogee in 2010 when his full time job as a Master Control Operator for the National TV Guide TV Channel in Tulsa, Ok was outsourced. He moved back to his hometown and began working in the Historic Martin Luther King Center.
Other Past Civic involvement includes: Board of Directors Member for the Muskogee Red Cross; Board of Directors Member for Neighbors Building Neighborhoods and City of Muskogee Foundation Board Member.
In 2011 Derrick Reed was elected a Ward 3 city councilman for the City of Muskogee. He was awarded a second term in November 2015 when his seat was not challenged by an appointed. Derrick also currently serves as the Finance Committee Chairman for the City of Muskogee.
Derrick’s greatest accomplishment is serving as the Director of Oklahoma’s only Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. As the Director he manages the year around Dream Team Youth Programs of Neighbors Building Neighborhoods that reach over 300 kids year around and also oversees the day to day operations of the MLK Center. Under his leadership the MLK Center has moved from a 5,000 sq. ft. building to a new $4.5 million, 19,000 sq. ft. center. The new Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center opened in March 2016.
Derrick’s motto in life is: “If it’s going to be, it’s up to me.”
Ivory’s hobbies include fishing and traveling internationally.
Ivory’s main goal is to listen to his constituents.
Councilor Vann has served as Ward III City Councilor since 2014. Some of his accomplishments are: Coordinated with Kelley Garrett on cleanup efforts for county owned lots in City limits; Met and coordinated efforts to return Thunderbird Speedway; Secured fencing for Animal Shelter; Initiated speed bumps in Wards I and III for children’s safety; Coordinated with Public Works Dept. on street repairs in all Wards; Coordinated efforts to repair damaged sidewalks on South B street and in downtown locations (Ward IV); Coordinated Youth Summer Program (Vision Services) to repair elderly woman’s porch; Rotary Park BBQ grill, bleachers and security fencing; Initiated repairs to Honor Heights (Ward IV) and Robison Park restrooms; Pushed for Housing Plus project in blighted area south of the Muskogee Arts District; Worked with Community Service to clean City vacant lots; Instrumental on planning and completion of Robison Park; Initiated and coordinated drainage issues on Country Club Rd (Ward I); Personally picked up trash from Okmulgee Street to Border Street along Highway 69; Responded to call from Ward II about cutting weeds near Cobblestone Golf Course; Rides with the City Manager and Assistant City Manager monthly to view customer concerns in the city; Graduate from Muskogee Police Dept. Citizen Police Academy; Helped Gospel Rescue Mission, VA and Salvation Army on placement of the Homeless; Worked in Feeding the Hungry Programs.
Ivory’s Motto: "If I can help somebody as I pass this way, my living will not be in vain. Always give God the glory and life will be so much easier."