MAYOR BROWN TO HONOR 14 TRAILBLAZERS

FOR “AFRICAN AMERICAN FIRSTS”

Mayor to Also Recognize Pioneers for Lifetime Barrier-Breaking Achievements

JACKSONVILLEFla., Feb. 25, 2014 – Mayor Alvin Brown will recognize on Thursday 14 community leaders who were the first African Americans to lead changes in the fields of business, education and public policy with the Mayor’s Trailblazer Award. Urban Trust Bank is a sponsor of the ceremony.

674578036_uw20091008-147chWHEN:          Thursday, Feb. 27,  6 p.m.

WHERE:        City Council Chambers

117 W. Duval St. – 32202

WHO:             Mayor Alvin Brown

Willie E. Gary, Esq., keynote speaker

2014 Mayor’s Trailblazer Awardees:

  • Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety, II – First African American Representative of the United States to the African Union and Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN Economic Commission of Africa from Jacksonville
  • Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice – First African American three-time Olympic medalist in track and field from Jacksonville
  • Dr. Charles H. Cline – First African American associate superintendent of Duval County Public Schools
  • Dr. Barbara A. Darby – First African American female campus president at Florida State College of Jacksonville – North Campus
  • Preston Drummer – First African American secretary-treasurer of Florida AFL-CIO from Jacksonville
  • The Honorable Harold Gibson – First African American administrative aide to a Jacksonville Mayor
  • Carla A. Harris – First African American vice chair of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management from Jacksonville
  • Dr. Kenneth W. Jones – Pioneered a groundbreaking kidney transplant procedure in the U.S.
  • Reginald Luster, Esq. – First African American president of the Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Willard Payne – First African American McDonald’s franchise owner in Florida
  • Ralph Smith – First African American custodial services supervisor for the City of Jacksonville
  • Tonyaa J. Weathersbee – First African American editorial board member of the Florida Times-Union
  • Dr. Floyd B. Willis – First African American chief of Family Medicine at the Mayo Clinic
  • Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr. – inaugural recipient of the Mayor’s Lifetime Achievement Award

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