Friday, March 12, 2010

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Announced 11th Annual Community Leadership Award Honorees

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) honored four distinguished leaders of the Nashville education and political community for their professional and civic excellence on Monday, March 8, at Tennessee State University. The Community Leadership Awards are presented annually to an individual or organization whose efforts carry on Justice Thurgood Marshall’s legacy and equality. Recipients were selected for promoting the mission of public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) by exemplifying professional and civic excellence in their respective communities. Emmy-Award winning Meteorologist, Lelan A. Statom of Storm 5HD Weather/Talk of the Town, News Channel 5 Network served as Master of Ceremonies. 

N. Joyce Payne, founder of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund presented the Presidential Leadership Award to President Melvin N. Johnson joined by first lady Dr. Marcelite D. Johnson.

John Marshall, son of Justice Thurgood Marshall, presented the Community Leadership Award to Patricia P. Stokes, president and CEO of the Urban League of Middle Tennessee.

Dr. William U. Latham, associate director of leadership studies, corporate development and service learning of the Tennessee State University Honors Program, also received the Community Leadership Award from Marshall on behalf of TMCF.

Dr. Robert Elliott, head of the TSU Deparment of Music, was honored with the Community Leadership Award from CMDR. Michael Neuser of the U.S. Navy on behalf of TMCF.

Representative Brenda Gilmore of the Tennessee General Assembly/District 54 (center) received the Alumni Leadership Award presented by Hardy Dorsey, National Alumni Council and TMCF Board member (far left) and Michelle Viera, TSU assistant vice president of alumni relations and annual giving.

Students from the TSU Honors Program earned second place in the TMCF Case Study Competition seen along with TMCF's John Marshall, TSU's Drs. Sandra Holt and William Latham and President Melvin N. Johnson.

Dr. Eve M. Hall, TMCF senior vice president of program innovation and research, and Candice Staples, TMCF director of programs, recognized TSU Vice President of Technology and Administrative Services Dr. Dennis Gendron.

Hall and Staples also recognized Dr. Sandra Holt, director of the Tennessee State University Honors Program, on behalf of TMCF.

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