The Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated honored several local high school students at its annual Golden Affair Scholarship Fundraiser at the University of Miami Newman Alumni Center. In recognition of their demonstrated academic excellence and civic contributions to the community, scholarships were awarded to three high school seniors - Khalil Davis (Coral Reef Senior High School ), Brandon Love (Coral Reef Senior High School), and Tyler Regalado (New World School of the Arts). In the Fall, Davis will attend the University of Central Florida with a major in Biology; Love will attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University to study Business, and Regalado will attend Florida International University to pursue a degree in Finance.
Congratulations to Miami-Dade County School Board Member Dr. Steve Gallon III who was named the 2018 EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR by Legacy Magazine and recognized at a regal Wakanda-themed reception. Dr. Gallon is also the recipient of the National School Boards Association Council of Urban Boards of Education's (CUBE) prestigious 2017 Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award; was elected to the National School Boards Association's National Steering Committee and is president of the reactivated Miami Alliance of Black School Educators.
Congratulations to Dr. Gallon and all of the honorees of Legacy Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful & Influential Black Business Leaders of 2018.
South Dade Alphas and Miami Alliance of Black School Educators honor South Florida's Amazing Educators on Friday June 8
Teachers are the reason all other professions exist. Come out and salute some of our amazing educators on Friday, June 8 at the luxurious Mayfair in the Grove.
Tickets are only $15 and can be purchased through Eventbrite https://
South Florida Spelman Alumnae honor Achievements in Aviation and Aeronautics at ALL THAT JAZZ on June 24
The South Florida Chapter of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College presents "All That Jazz" 2018 on Sunday, June 24, 2018! See flyer for details. All proceeds provide scholarships ranging from $2,000 - $3,500 per student. If you cannot attend the event, please make a donation.
On Sunday, May 6, 2018, the King of Clubs of Greater Miami, Incorporated hosted their 32nd Annual Scholarship/Awards Banquet at the Doubletree Grand Hotel Biscayne in Downtown Miami. Community matriarch Nancy Dawkins was recognized for her many years of service to the community and 16 Miami-Dade County Public Schools graduating seniors were awarded scholarships as they continue their academic journey to colleges and universities locally and throughout the nation.
Outstanding Community Service Award
Mrs. Nancy Dawkins
Dr. Tee S. Greer Memorial Scholarships
Tauheeda Huggins – Booker T. Washington
Ayana Reid - Booker T. Washington
Elyzer St. Hilaire – Miami Jackson
King of Clubs Presidential Scholarship
Tyra Hayes – Miami Springs
Dr. Rozalyn Hester Paschal Memorial Scholarship
Lamyra Thompson – Miami Jackson
Mrs. Lenora Paschal-Johnson Memorial Scholarship
Hali Braynon – William Turner Technical Arts
Mrs. Lenora P. Johnson Foundation Scholarship
Kiyah Adams – Miami Norland
Fletcher Paschal Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Eric Baugh – Coral Reef
Mrs. Agenoria S. Paschal Memorial Scholarship
Sommore Robinson – School for Advanced Studies, Homestead
Miami Federal Credit Union Nelson Jenkins Scholarship
Deneisha Dickinson – Miami Carol City
Covenant Brothers Scholarship
Kahlil Davis – Coral Reef
Jack and Jill Agenoria Paschal Scholarship
Tiana Downer – Hialeah-Miami Lakes
Athalie Range Memorial Scholarship
Yelin Montes – Miami Jackson
James Fayson, Sr. Scholarship
Jalani Scott - Booker T. Washington
Dr. Arthur Woodard Memorial Scholarship
Anwar Taylor - William Turner Technical Arts
Marva Fussell Butler Education Scholarship
Isis Nelson – American
King of Clubs Officers 2018
President – Ron Butler
Vice President – Fletcher Paschal III
Recording Secretary – Malcolm Jones, Sr.
Treasurer – Mario Lavette
Financial Secretary – Delvin Thomas
Chaplain – Rev. Harvey Lockhart
Historian – N. Patrick Range
Bradford Brown, Ph.D.
Michael Smith, Sr.
Marc St. Fort
Photography: Prince Aderele, The Aditu Agency
Washington, DC – U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) announced that the $1.3 trillion spending package Congress unveiled last night includes funding for several projects and programs important to Floridians including: increased spending to fight the opioid epidemic, additional funding for citrus greening research and significant funding for democracy programs in both Venezuela and Cuba, as well as provisions Nelson co-sponsored to address gun violence.
Funding for the following Florida projects and programs sought by Nelson have been included in the federal spending package:
· $3.3 billion to fight the opioid epidemic and mental health crises. An estimated 2.6 million Americans suffer from opioid use disorder. In Florida alone, more than 5,200 people have died from an opioid-related event in 2016 – a 35 percent increase from 2015. Nelson requested additional funding for treatment, prevention and research.
· $67.47 million in total funding for citrus greening research and the Citrus Health Research Program. As citrus greening has hurt growers across Florida, Nelson has advocated for increased funding to study and address the problem to help the state’s citrus industry.
· $895 million for Kennedy Space Center to modernize launch facilities, more than doubling what the center received last year. Nelson requested the increased funding to bolster work on launch and processing infrastructure needed for NASA’s initiative to explore deep space.
· $121 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to purchase a reliable backup for its aging hurricane hunter jet. Nelson has been pushing for a replacement since 2015. The funding comes in the wake of several incidents over the last two years when the jet NOAA uses to gather hurricane measurements was grounded during hurricane season.
· $76.5 million in total funding to protect and restore the Everglades. U.S. Army Corps budget was also increased, allowing additional funding for Everglades restoration.
· $82 million to repair the Herbert Hoover Dike. U.S. Army Corps budget was also increased, allowing for additional funding for dike repairs.
· $279.6 million, a 14-percent increase, in funding to support Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The four historically black colleges and universities in Florida—Florida A&M in Tallahassee, Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach and Edward Waters College in Jacksonville – prepare over 16,000 students for careers in STEM, aviation, law, nursing and other fields.
· $250 million in federal funding for positive train control grants. Positive train control technology will help prevent deadly crashes on our railroads. It’s critically important for those railroads that carry passengers, like Sunrail and Tri-Rail. Nelson, the ranking member on the Senate Commerce Committee, pressed for the funding to help passenger railroads meet a federal deadline to install the lifesaving technology.
· $100 million for research and development program for automated vehicles. The SunTrax facility at Florida Polytechnic University is a qualified proving ground and will have the opportunity to benefit from the program.
· Restored and increased funds to $35 million for democracy programs in Venezuela and Cuba. Nelson requested Congress “redouble, not eliminate support for democracy and human rights” in Venezuela. The democracy programs support civil society organizations and promote human rights.
· Included $60 million for the Nonprofits Security Grant Program. The program helps certain non-profits harden their facilities against attack, such as organization like the Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) in Orlando and Miami and elsewhere. Nelson requested this funding after JCCs across Florida received a series of telephone bomb threats.
· Increased funding for the Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program to $5 million. Nelson requested $5 million in funding to provide long-term support and services for Holocaust survivors.
The spending package included several provisions Nelson co-sponsored to address gun violence in Florida and across the country, including:
· Fix NICS Act. Nelson cosponsored this bipartisan bill, which requires federal agencies and states to develop implementation plans to upload to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) all information prohibiting a person from purchasing a firearm, rewards states who comply with these plans through federal grant preferences, and reauthorizes and improves programs that help states share information on criminal records with NICS, among other things.
· STOP School Violence Act. Nelson co-sponsored this bipartisan bill that would allow schools to access federal funds to invest in programs, training and technology to keep students safe.
· CDC Gun Violence Research. The spending package included language to clarify that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can conduct research on gun violence.
Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson’s Statement on the Passage of the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2018
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson issued the following statement on the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2018:
“Although I am extremely disappointed that a DACA fix was not included, I am pleased that Congress has finally passed the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2018 that President Trump signed today. After numerous temporary funding measures and unnecessarily stringent budget caps, this bill, although imperfect, funds several items that are critical to Florida and to the nation.
“In addition to rejecting the Trump administration’s cruel anti-immigrant agenda, the omnibus invests heavily in key priorities like child care, education, transportation and infrastructure, national security, affordable housing, public safety, election protection, medical and health care research, our nation’s veterans, and many other line items. These investments are certain to help boost job creation for America’s workers, economic growth, and support badly needed by those living in disadvantaged communities.
“Wins for Florida and District 24 include:
- A 14 percent increase in funding for historically black colleges and universities, including Florida A&M, Florida Memorial University, Bethune-Cookman and Edward Waters College in Jacksonville
- Additional funding for the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund spending target established by WRRDA 2014, which will benefit PortMiami
- $250 million in federal funding for positive train control grants to prevent deadly crashes on Florida railroads
- $416 million for Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants
- Restored proposed administration cuts to Everglades restoration projects
- $610 million increase for Head Start, a $2.37 billion increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant Program and a $300 million increase in grants to Title I schools
- $3.3 billion for Community Development Block Grants
- $22 billion for public housing vouchers for needy populations, including the elderly, disabled, and persons living with HIV/AIDS
“I also was very pleased that I was able to insert in the legislation $10 million for support of a “multi-partner trust fund or other multi-lateral efforts to assist communities in Haiti affected by cholera resulting from the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti.”
Florida A&M University president Dr. Larry Robinson, the University’s performing troupe, the FAMU Connection, various FAMU staff and student leaders will make their Miami stop of the 2018 President’s Recruitment Tour at 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 12, 2018, at Miami Jackson Senior High School Auditorium, 1751 NW 36th Street, Miami, FL 33142.
All interested high school students and their parents are invited to attend. Attendees will have an opportunity to chat one-on-one with University academic representatives, student leaders and alumni. Scholarships will be awarded on the spot to graduating seniors contingent upon qualifying GPA and test scores.
Interested students can apply online at www.famu.edu/admissions.
There are still two weeks left in the 2018 Legislative Session in Florida. Education bill, HB 7055, is still making its way through the process. The Senate Education Committee has proposed tremendous changes but it is still a very bad bill for public education.
The bill is scheduled to go before the Senate Appropriations Committee tomorrow, February 27. Contact the committee members and tell them to vote no on HB 7055.
2018 Florida Senate Committee on Appropriations
Senator Rob Bradley (R)
Senator Anitere Flores (R)
* Senator Dennis Baxley (R)
* Senator Aaron Bean (R)
* Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto (R)
* Senator Lauren Book (D)
* Senator Randolph Bracy (D)
* Senator Jeff Brandes (R)
* Senator Oscar Braynon II (D)
* Senator George B. Gainer (R)
* Senator Bill Galvano (R)
* Senator Audrey Gibson (D)
* Senator Denise Grimsley (R)
* Senator Bill Montford (D)
* Senator Kathleen Passidomo (R)
* Senator Bobby Powell (D)
* Senator David Simmons (R)
* Senator Wilton Simpson (R)
* Senator Kelli Stargel (R)
* Senator Linda Stewart (D)
You may also call your representative using the Florida AFL-CIO hotline: 855-235-2469.
Let your voice be heard. This bill still has to be heard by the entire a Senate and agreed upon by the House before it can become law. Although Republicans control all branches of Florida’s government, we owe it to those who came before us and to our future to say something and do something.
Photo: Bradenton Herald
The Miami Jackson Generals Alumni Association has announced their 2018 class of inductees into their Hall of Fame.
2018 Miami Jackson Senior High School Hall of Fame Inductees:
ATHLETICS - Nick Ferguson, Tim “Ice” Harris and Carmen Thomas Jackson
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/PUBLIC SERVICE - Rodney Adkins, Bertha Watson Henry, Brian Person and Ronetta Williams Taylor
EDUCATION - Debra Mason Reddick and Rennina Taylor Turner
ENTREPRENEURSHIP - Tammi King-Miller and Isaac “Ike” Woods. Jr.
HEALTH AWARENESS - Dr. Rubin Thompson
JUSTICE - The Honorable Miguel de la O
RELIGION - Rev. Dr. Anthony Tate
CAROL WHITEHEAD LEGACY - Evangeline "Angie" Canty
The induction ceremony and dinner will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 3, 2018, in the Miami Jackson Senior High School Gymnasium, 1751 Northwest 36 Street, Miami, FL 33142.
The attire is dressy. Tickets are $50 each and the deadline to purchase is February 25, 2018. For ticket information contact Karen Duty at 305-206-8847 or email@example.com or Rubye Howard 305-343-5072 or firstname.lastname@example.org.