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March 4, 2014 > Local African Americans honored by Heritage Leadership Awards

Local African Americans honored by Heritage Leadership Awards

Submitted By Jeff Barbosa

Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) honored African American leaders at his third annual African American Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony held Saturday, March 1st in Milpitas.

Those honored were:
Irvin Goodwin, founder and chief executive officer, Homeless Veterans Emergency Housing Facility
Roberta McClinton, chairperson, Martin Luther King, Jr. / C.W. Washington Scholarship Committee, Antioch Baptist Church
Demetress Morris, Milpitas Planning Commission, Founder of Flame Keepers
Ken Maxey, director of government affairs, Comcast

Also participating in the ceremony: Pastor Sifa Hingano of Genesis United Methodist Church and Ohlone College Trustee Teresa Cox.

ÒThe celebration of African American history and their contributions to the United States reflects the diversity that is the strength of our country,Ó Wieckowski said. ÒThrough courage, self -sacrifice and determination many African Americans have pushed our country to be a more perfect union.Ó

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, an historian and scholar, first established a week-long recognition of African American history in 1926. It was changed to a month-long event in 1976.

Assemblymember Wieckowski represents the 25th Assembly District, which includes Fremont, Newark, Milpitas, San Jose and Santa Clara.

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