2014 Honorees — Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, Founder, 5000 Role Models of Excellence; Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, School Board Member, Miami Dade County Public Schools; Dr. Marvin Dunn, Camillus House Scholar in Residence; Fedrick Ingram, President, United Teachers of Dade; Dr. Robert Morris, FIU Professor on the Campus of Booker T. Washington High and Rosetta Vickers, Executive Director, Zeta Community Educational Center.
By Elvis Anderson
Almost 100 gathered on May 2, in the Community Room of the newly built Norwegian Cruise Line campus of Camillus House to celebrate Black culture. An annual celebration, this year Camillus House recognized the role and contribution of Black educators. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson was the first of six to take the podium; she told a story of how Paul Ahr, PhD., president & CEO, Camillus House, helped her through a tough time in her life – the passing of her brother and father within a short time span. She praised Dr. Ahr and the work of Camillus House.
Proud family and friends were on hand to see the honorees speak about their careers and those that helped them achieve success. To kick off the celebration, Dr. Ahr spoke of the progress being made at Camillus House. The previous night at Camillus House, more than 1,000 people were fed and sheltered – a lot of good things are happening there and it’s just the beginning. In 2015, Camillus House will recognize the role of athletics in transmitting Black cultures.