Fla. (January 24, 2014) – Today, Tallahassee Community College released the
names of the 14 individuals who will be honored on Monday, January 27, when the
College unveils its 14th annual Cherry Alexander
African-American History Calendar.
7 p.m. ceremony, to be held in Turner Auditorium, will kick off TCC’s
celebration of Black History Month.
Auditorium is located inside the College’s Fine and Performing Arts Center.
year, the calendar showcases African-Americans who have made significant
contributions in Leon and surrounding counties. The 2014 calendar theme is
Rights Unsung Heroes: Great by Choice”.
2014 calendar honorees are:
- Carolyn Colson – public servant with
23 years of experience within the State of Florida, where she served as a
special agent for the Department of Law Enforcement and was the first African-American
woman with statewide arrest powers. Colson also served in the Florida
Department of Labor and Department of Children and Families
- Colleen Skipper-Mitchell – avid
volunteer and also the first woman and the first African-American to become mayor
- Doby Flowers – first
African-American homecoming queen at Florida State University, owner of The
Magnolia Leaf Bed and Breakfast in Thomasville, GA., firm manager of Flowers
Law, LLC., and an advocate for improving the lives of women and children
- Harold and Erica Uzzell – graduates
of Florida State University and founders of the Uzzell Group, one of the first
African-American advertising firms in Florida
- Irene Thompson Perry – one of the
first teachers to integrate the Leon County school district, Perry taught for 37
years before focusing on adult education and community involvement
- Jerome Maples – U.S. Army second lieutenant
and decorated soldier, Maples is committed to volunteer work and civic service
- Keith Dowdell – Member of the Quincy
City Commission and current mayor of Quincy
- Marilyn Holifield – civil rights
lawyer and the first African-American woman to become a partner in a major law
firm in Florida (Holland & Knight)
- Queen Webster – retired school
teacher of 39 years who focuses on youth work
- Tommy Mills – retired Leon County sheriff’s
deputy with 24 years on the force, Mills currently serves in many community
- Vernell Ross – retired teacher and
athletics coach, Ross has been awarded the Kiwanis Club Community Service
Award, been named Teacher of the Year, and been inducted into the Florida
Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame
- Evangeline Bryant – distinguished
educator with more than 35 years of dedicated service in creating a positive
difference in school relations and the business community in Leon County
- June McKinney – currently serves as
an administrative law judge with the Florida Division of Administrative
Hearings and the first African-American female president of the National
Association of Administrative Law Judiciary
calendar also includes key dates in African-American history. It will be distributed to 20,000
area youth via schools, churches and other community institutions.
to the calendar unveiling ceremony, a 5:45 p.m. reception will be held in the
Fine and Performing Arts Center to recognize the calendar honorees.
more information, call (850) 201-8559.