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Meet the honorees in TCC’s 2014 African-American History Calendar

TALLAHASSEE, 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.

 

Monday’s 7 p.m. ceremony, to be held in Turner Auditorium, will kick off TCC’s celebration of Black History Month. 

 

Turner Auditorium is located inside the College’s Fine and Performing Arts Center.

 

Each year, the calendar showcases African-Americans who have made significant contributions in Leon and surrounding counties. The 2014 calendar theme is “Civil Rights Unsung Heroes: Great by Choice”.

 

The 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 of Sopchoppy
  • 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 organizations
  • 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

The 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. 

 

Prior 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.

 

For more information, call (850) 201-8559.

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