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UFT African Heritage Committee’s 10th annual awards dinner dance

UFT African Heritage Committee’s 10th annual awards dinner dance

Answering the call — for scholarships and activism

Miller Photography Walker-Wilson (second from right) with (from left) UFT District 28 Representative Angela Artis, who emceed the event, District 16 Representative Ronald Mailman and UFT President Michael Mulgrew.
Miller Photography Lane (left) with her daughter Tawanda and UFT retiree activist Winston Silvera.
Miller Photography Harmon introduces New York City Comptroller John Liu.

Some 340 UFT members, trade unionists and local elected officials turned out to celebrate Black History Month at the UFT African Heritage Committee’s 10th annual awards dinner dance on Feb. 1 in Queens Village. The theme was “Answering the Call,” and the event commemorated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. “The gala was a huge success, and many of the previous award winners were in the audience,” said Anthony Harmon, the chair of the committee. The evening’s honorees were Martha Lane, a UFT special representative in Brooklyn, who received the Frederick Douglass Award for Civil and Human Rights for her ongoing work with the NAACP, the A. Philip Randolph Institute and the Coalition for Black Trade Unionists; Wendy Walker-Wilson, the chapter leader at PS 25 in Brooklyn, who won the Mary McLeod Bethune Award for Excellence in Teaching, based on nominations from teachers throughout the city; and the Rev. Terrence Melvin, the secretary-treasurer of the New York State AFL-CIO, who received the Trailblazer Award for his contributions to the labor movement. Scholarships of $1,000 each were also awarded to students Stephanie Tucker of the Academy for Careers in Television and Film in Queens and Kayla Gore of the HS of Hospitality and Management in Manhattan. Additional scholarships of $500 each went to five elementary, junior high and middle school students. 

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