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Black History Month: San Francisco

2013 Black History Month Heroes - KQED

Congratulations to our 2013 Local Heroes of the Year:

     Omar Butler
     Site Director
     College Track San Francisco  

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Omar Butler serves as Site Director at College Track San Francisco, a national educational nonprofit that empowers students from underserved communities to reach their dream of a college degree. In 2007, Omar led College Track’s expansion into San Francisco and has grown the program from an initial class of 50 to more than 230. Seventy-two program graduates are currently pursuing their college degree. As a native of Bayview-Hunters Point, and at 19 a survivor of a deadly gunshot attack, he brings a unique perspective to his position. He uses this personal understanding to be a tireless advocate and strict disciplinarian for the youth with whom he works.

     Reggie Daniels
     Manalive Facilitator
     Community Works  

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Reggie Daniels was born in San Francisco, graduated from Riordan High School and San Francisco City College. He is pursuing a master’s degree at USF School of Management in Business. He is a Manalive Facilitator and case manager at the San Bruno County Jail and a Community Works employee. After struggling with the criminal justice system for fifteen years, Reggie discovered Roads to Recovery, an in-custody substance abuse program. This was followed by a year-long peer advocacy program called Manalive, a violence prevention program for men to organize against violence in their homes and communities. He hopes his story of transformation from violent survivor to community advocate will empower others to find peace through artistic expression.

     Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP
     Founder and Chief Executive Officer
     Center for Youth Wellness   

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Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP is the founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness (CYW), a comprehensive health and wellness center that integrates medical, mental health, holistic and social services for an evidence-based approach to improving the health and well-being of urban children and youth. Her areas of interest are in health disparities, child trauma, nutrition and asthma. Particularly, her focus is serving communities where issues of poverty and race present challenges to conventional healthcare and education. The CYW follows Dr. Burke Harris’ work as the founding physician and former Medical Director of California Pacific Medical Center’s (CPMC) Bayview Child Health Center.

Mieko_Scott.jpg     Mieko Scott
     Imagine That!  

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Mieko Scott is founder of Imagine That!, a non-profit organization that gives back to under-privileged children in the Greater Bay Area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies with a minor in childhood development. Mieko plans activities that enforce educationally appropriate curriculum for children, their families, and local communities. She prepares healthy lunches for students at the 100 Black Men School in Oakland and gives away more than 500 toys and warm coats to needy families. Her dedication has led to the implementation of programs such as T.U.D.A. (Think, Understand & Don’t Assume Autistic Playgroup) and the AAMA (African American Male Achievement) Cascade Leadership Summer Literacy Program.

View KQED Black History Month Honorees for 2012


Black History Month: San Diego

2013 Black History Month Heroes - KPBS

Congratulations to our 2013 Local Heroes of the Year:

     Professor Chuck Ambers
     Casa del Rey Moro African Museum   

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Professor Ambers established the Casa Del Rey Moro African Museum in Old Town in 1998. The Museum houses artifacts from his 30 plus years of travel and research in Africa, Mexico and Latin America. The museum hosts school groups and also provides displays throughout San Diego during Black History month and for various holidays. A special focus of the museum is the African-Spanish, African-Mexican, and African-American heritage from the larger context of world history to the local perspective. Professor Ambers’ background in education is evident in his passion for teaching young kids about taking price in a shared history and culture.

     Dr. Carrol Waymon
     Psychologist/Civil Rights Leader/Historian 

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Dr. Carrol Waymon came to San Diego in September of 1964 to become the Executive Director of the Citizens’ Interracial Committee (CIC). He and a group of diverse leaders accomplished a great deal to reduce discrimination from 1964-1969. He is the founder of the Black History Department at San Diego State University. Additionally, Dr. Waymon was the President of the San Diego Association of Black Psychologists. Currently, Dr. Waymon serves on the board of the Jackie Robinson YMCA. He has given back to the community through volunteer positions in the past 50 years.

View KPBS Black History Month Honorees for 2012


Black History Month: Los Angeles

2013 Black History Month Heroes - KCET

Congratulations to our 2013 Local Heroes of the Year:

      Angeles Echols-Brown
     Founder and Executive Director
     Educating Young Minds  

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Angeles Echols-Brown is the founder and executive director of Educating Young Minds (EYM), a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that she started in her apartment in 1987. EYM has grown to help more than 3,500 inner-city students who have been nurtured and empowered by Mrs. Echols-Brown’s passion and commitment to education. EYM provides help with homework, mentoring and counseling for students, from kindergarteners to high school seniors. They also provide assistance to parents. Mrs. Echols-Brown’s passion is also reflected in her previous work as an instructor, tutor, counselor and teacher at Harvard University’s Upward Bound program, Chaffey College and Los Angeles’ Trinity Lutheran School. She received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1979 and has been recognized nationally for her outstanding work.

      Richard Allen Williams, MD, FACC, FAHA
     Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA School of Medicine
     President and CEO of the Minority Health Institute 

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Richard Allen Williams, MD, FACC, FAHA, has served as a clinical professor of medicine at UCLA School of Medicine since 1984 and is president and CEO of the Minority Health Institute (MHI). MHI’s mission is to educate physicians, healthcare professionals and the public about ways to improve health services to African Americans and other minorities in Los Angeles. The organization offers health fairs, seminars, lectures and media campaigns that encourage a proactive and preventive approach to improving health. It also provides scholarships to minority students who wish to pursue a career in medicine, and on a case-by-case basis, helps attain necessary medicine at no cost for families who are economically disadvantaged. In addition to MHI and UCLA, Dr. Williams authored Textbook of Black-Related Diseases, and in 1972, he served as the first assistant medical director of Martin Luther King, Jr. General Hospital, and later secured $2.4 million to develop the King-Drew Sickle Cell Center.

View KCET Black History Month Honorees for 2012

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