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For Immediate Release:
June 07, 2017
Media Contact:
Retha Boone-Fye
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Annual Community Pillars Awards ceremony set for June 17

MIAMI – The Black Affairs Advisory Board’s Heritage Planning Committee will host its annual “Community Pillars” awards and scholarship presentation on Saturday, June 17 at the Biscayne Bay Marriott, 1633 North Bayshore Drive in downtown Miami.

The recognition and scholarships will be given during a brunch/reception beginning at 11:45 a.m., along with a silent auction. Tickets are $45 per person and available through Eventbrite at

This year’s Community Pillars are:

Mrs. Glenda Harris (the family of Rev. Edward T. Graham) – The Legacy Award
Akua Scott – Advocate
Tangela Sears – Social Justice Advocate
SBC Community Development Corporation – Community Empowerment Advocate
Pierre Saliba – Cultural Advocate
Ronda Vangates – Business Advocate
Julia Brown – Media Advocate
Miami-Dade Police Assistant Director Stephanie Daniels – Public Service Advocate
City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon – Dual Legacy Award

These honorees were selected for their support of programs or businesses which positively impact the community and have a deep commitment to public service. Most of these honorees have toiled tirelessly without fanfare for years in their chosen passion. The Black Heritage Planning Committee is also awarding scholarships to several “Young Pillars” — students who are enrolled in a post-secondary institution and were involved in various civic activities throughout high school.

The Young Pillar Scholarship recipients and their chosen academic institutions are:
Dequan Sands – Florida A&M University
Darius Wright – Wooster University
Abdias Armenteros – Julliard
Travis Johnson – Florida Southwestern State College
Julius Brown – Bethune Cookman University
Keanna Nembhard – University of Florida
Cornelius White – Stetson University
Druscilla Daley – University of South Florida

“This year’s Community Pillars reflect the deep passion that these individuals have for our community, and because of them, Miami-Dade County is a better place in which to live,” said Edgar Wright, chair of the BAAB’s Heritage Planning Committee. “Most of our Young Pillars have overcome hardships in their young lives, but still found time to serve their community. They have either been accepted or are already attending institutions of higher learning and can benefit greatly from this assistance. Since its inception nine years ago, several of our earlier recipients have graduated to become responsible citizens and are on their way to becoming future community leaders.”

For more information, contact the Office of Community Advocacy at (305) 375-4606 or [email protected].

Black Affairs Advisory Board's Heritage Planning Committee Community Pillars honorees
Community Pillars awards
June 17, 2017, 11:45 a.m.
Biscayne Bay Marriott, 1633 North Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33131